Thursday, October 12, 2006

655,000 Iraquis Dead according to highly respected 'Lancet'

Bush dismisses Iraq death-toll study
Bush's answer to 655,000 deaths on his (and Blair's) consciences: dismissal of Report! Pretends it's not true!

"...The researchers, reflecting the inherent uncertainties in such extrapolations, said they were 95% certain that the real number lay somewhere between 392,979 and 942,636 deaths. Even the smaller figure is almost eight times the estimate some others have derived...

The implications for U.S. policy in Iraq are profound in the view of some analysts.
"If the number of civilian casualties cited in the report is anywhere near the true number, it calls into question the legitimacy of the whole campaign," said Loren Thompson, a defense expert at the Lexington Institute, a national security think tank in Arlington, Va...
..."The findings suggest that the invasion may have made Iraq a more dangerous place for the average citizen, which, if true, would demolish the rationale of the whole operation," said Thompson. (Of course it's more dangerous!)

Bush said, "I do know that a lot of innocent people have died, and that troubles me. And it grieves me." (Liar and Hypocrite!) But he called the study's methodology "pretty well discredited." Last December, Bush estimated 30,000 Iraqis had died in the war.

Two years ago, a study by Dr Les Roberts and a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, estimated that at least 100,000 Iraqis had been killed as a result of the war. This new survey, conducted by the same team and based on similar methodology but using a larger sample, suggests the situation is getting worse rather than better - a conclusion at odds with claims made by President Bush. Dr Roberts said: "Yes [this finding was a surprise]. I didn't realise that things there were twice as bad as when we carried out our first survey in 2004. I did not know it was that much..."
...Of the 601,027 violent deaths, 31 per cent were directly attributed to Allied forces...
...Others said the survey confirmed US and British forces were part of the problem...