Over 1,000,000 killed in Iraq

Holocaust Denial, American Style
By Mark Weisbrot
November 21, 2007, AlterNet

Iranian President Ahmedinejad’s flirtation with those who deny the
reality of the Nazi genocide has rightly been met with disgust. But
another holocaust denial is taking place with little notice: the
holocaust in Iraq. The average American believes that 10,000 Iraqi
civilians have been killed since the US invasion in March 2003. The
most commonly cited figure in the media is 70,000. But the actual
number of people who have been killed is most likely more than one
This is five times more than the estimates of killings in Darfur and
even more than the genocide in Rwanda 13 years ago.

The estimate of more than one million violent deaths in Iraq was
confirmed again two months ago in a poll by the British polling firm
Opinion Research Business, which estimated 1,220,580 violent deaths
since the US invasion. This is consistent with the study conducted by
doctors and scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of
Public Health more than a year ago. Their study was published in the
Lancet, Britain’s leading medical journal. It estimated 601,000
people killed due to violence as of July 2006; but if updated on the
basis of deaths since the study, this estimate would also be more
than a million. These estimates do not include those who have died
because of public health problems created by the war, including
breakdowns in sewerage systems and electricity, shortages of
medicines, etc.

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0 replies on “Over 1,000,000 killed in Iraq”

These figures are usually bogus. Remember how the Lancet’s figures were debunked. Also keep in mind: These casualty figures also usually include sectarian violence. Iraqi vs. Iraqi. These deaths are tragic as well, but you can’t put the blame on the U.S. soldiers.

No-one ever actually debunked The Lancet’s figures. Pro-Bush flacks _impugned_ them through snide strokes of mere assertion (such as your claim that “these figures are usually bogus”).

Moreover, all those deaths are undeniably a consequence of the US invasion of Iraq, whoever’s done the killing in specific cases. You CAN, therefore, “put the blame” on Bush’s policy (unless your intellect’s been crippled by Bush/Cheney-worship).

It was shown how the casualty figures were arrived at by doing a mini-survey of casualty reports from hospitals and then plugging in mathematical extrapolations that had no business being a part of this report. This is a casualty report, not a poll.

The people of Iraq no longer have Saddam murdering them by the truckload; unfortunately, some of the people took this as an opportunity to murder other people who don’t belong to their sect of Islam. That’s on them. It is not on Bush.

And if Saddam had been left in power, he would eventually go back to murdering his own people by the truckload. Would the left then find a way to blame Bush for that? I bet they would.

“It was shown,” eh? By whom? The Pentagon? Your mom? The fact is that The Lancet’s estimate still stands; but it’s irrelevant to _this_ new figure of 1,000,000+ dead. You have no grounds for dismissing it, other than to say that “these figures are usually bogus.”

On the other hand, you argue that, although Iraqis _have_ been dying “by the truckload,” Bush is not responsible, although this is his war. (He and Cheney really cared about Iraq’s security after their invasion, eh?) Then you argue that Saddam Hussein would have murdered just as many.

Well, Saddam Hussein was monstrous——just as monstrous when the Reagan/Bush administrations armed and funded him as he was thereafter. But, bad as he was, his regime did not kill as many of his people as have died since Bush invaded.

Your posts are little quagmires of illogic and disinformation. One could spend hours trying to set the record straight. So I’ll now leave this conversation, and ignore your next post, brave Anonyous.

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