Iraqi deaths survey was robust, says MOD

Last year I wrote about the Lancet study that estimated 654,965 Iraqis had died as a result of Tony Blair and George Bush’s invasion. At the time, the Prime Minister’s office attempted to rubbish the estimate, saying that it was nowhere near accurate. Now the BBC has discovered that the Ministry of Defence’s own chief scientific adviser said that the survey’s methods were “close to best practice” and the study design was “robust”.

I hope that the architects of this tragedy will eventually stand trial for their crimes.

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  1. shawn said,

    26 March, 2007 @ 19:58

    The “Iraqi’s” who have been killed are primarily not Iraqi at all – they are insurgents from radical Muslim countries who want to destroy any semblance of democracy and freedom.

    What information do you have about the number of people whose lives have been dramatically changed by having nice little things like electricity, medical care, education, food and the hope of living past the age of 22?

  2. alex said,

    26 March, 2007 @ 23:08

    shawn: Your fantasy Iraq sounds nice. Can you find it on the map?

    Perhaps you should read the Lancet study. When you read it, you’ll see that it was conducted by visiting households, and asking how many residents had died in the last few years. In the majority of cases, the respondent was able to produce death certificates. Are you suggesting that the vast majority of households in Iraq are harbouring foreign troublemakers?

    Next time, look up your facts before you make ridiculous assertions.

  3. Jamal said,

    9 June, 2007 @ 05:10

    Shawn, where did you get those information from? are you one of those people who learn about the geography and the history of the world from 6 o’clock news?

    You’ve got to remember that without the American/British illegal invasion, Iraq would have never turned to a living hell. Iraqis now are saying that they wish if Americans never invaded their country. They were much better off with Saddam than now: 4 millions are refugees, and the borders are closed for the rest. This means that if the borders were open to anyone who wanted to flee Iraq, we would see the majority of Iraqis fleeing their country. What do you think the reason behind it? it’s obvious of course, because they can’t stand the democracy and freedom that the Americans brought them on their tanks. Just one of 4 students attend school, the daily average of electricity is 5.7 hours…….. By the way I understand Arabic (that’s the language Iraqis speak FYI), that means that I understand what people are saying, and I don’t rely on the wrong translations of the news.

  4. Maria said,

    20 June, 2007 @ 22:50

    You said: “I hope that the architects of this tragedy will eventually stand trial for their crimes.”

    I hope so, too. Unfortunately, not enough people care about the situation to make that happen. And when we speak out to say something about it, uninformed followers like Shawn muddy the waters with defensive nonsense.

    I’ve also spoken out against the war on my blog — starting about 6 months after we went in there. And I’ve gotten the same ridiculous comments from people like Shawn.

    How can we expect justice with so many people brainwashed by the rhetoric?

    But keep talking. Maybe some of these people will wake up, listen, and see the light.

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