Pajamas Media: Dr Burnham, Call Your Office:

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Pajamas Media: Dr Burnham, Call Your Office:: "“The United Nations said Wednesday that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion and another sign of the severity of Iraq’s sectarian bloodbath. The U.N. tally was more than three times higher than the total The Associated Press had tabulated for the month.” (AP/CNN)

If the figure of 3,709 killed in a month is extrapolated to the 44 months since the conflict started, 163,196 dead throughout the war would be the absolute worst case scenario since the October toll his the highest one according to the UN. In his controversial study published last october in the Lancet, Johns Hopkins professor Gilbert Burnham argued that there were “some 655,000 excess deaths” due to the Iraq war.



Buddy Larsen said...

160K, 650k, what difference does it make when your audience is "sympathetic"?

Knucklehead said...

And the Armed Forces Press (scroll a little at Mudville Gazette) reports:

So far this month, the civilian casualty count is well below the casualty count in October and below the six-month average. The security force casualties reduced 21 percent over the past four weeks, and are at the lowest level in 25 weeks, he said.

So who does one believe? I sure as hell don't trust the UN to tell anyone anything resembling the truth even if they are being as honest as they are capable of being. Corruption and ineptitude are a bad combo except that since they are corrupt to the core it is better than they are also inept.

WebByte said...

Personally, I would just as soon as the UN leaves the USA.

They certainly have never done anything for my people.

In addition, I do not think it is a good idea to give anyone or thing absolute power over others.

Nothing corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

Seneca the Younger said...

And the UN has absolute power over what, exactly?