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Iraq Study: 655,000 Dead Since Invasion

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Posted on Oct 11, 2006
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A survey team made up of Iraqi physicians and epidemiologists from Johns Hopkins University has determined that the U.S. invasion of Iraq caused the deaths of roughly 655,000 people.  The estimate is more than 20 times higher than one Bush gave in December, but the researchers believe they have substantial evidence to back the claim.


Washington Post:

Both this and the earlier study are the only ones to estimate mortality in Iraq using scientific methods. The technique, called “cluster sampling,” is used to estimate mortality in famines and after natural disasters.

While acknowledging that the estimate is large, the researchers believe it is sound for numerous reasons. The recent survey got the same estimate for immediate post-invasion deaths as the early survey, which gives the researchers confidence in the methods. The great majority of deaths were also substantiated by death certificates.

“We’re very confident with the results,” said Gilbert Burnham, a Johns Hopkins physician and epidemiologist.

A Defense Department spokesman did not comment directly on the estimate.

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By Denny K, October 12, 2006 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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That comes to 600 people a day. Think someone might have noticed all those bodies piling up in the street somewhere if these numbers were true?

Another example of nonsense being accepted as fact.

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By paul kibble, October 11, 2006 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment
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“This is an enemy without conscience—and they cannot be appeased. If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. . .  By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people. Against this adversary, there is only one effective response: We will never back down. We will never give in. And we will never accept anything less than complete VICTORY”—-George W. Bush, 2004

“PYRRHIC VICTORY n. A victory that is offset by staggering losses.”—-American Heritage Dictionary

Except that in this case there is no victor.  So that makes Iraq. . .a Pyrrhic defeat?

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By R. A. Earl, October 11, 2006 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment
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GWB on TV today stated that neither he nor his advisor/generals consider this research to be valid or accurate.

Of course, he didn’t give any references or reasons for his views… just another flat-out unsupported piece of knee-jerk fiction (with the emphasis on JERK) that we are supposed to swallow unquestioningly.

My money goes on the PhD researchers’ evidence-based conclusions and not on the glib and barely literate opinions of one of the world’s biggest loser-liars.

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By GW=MCHammered, October 11, 2006 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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War is madness. People the price. So this is their Neo-America. Ugh.

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By Jon B, October 11, 2006 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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655,000 dead constituted 2.4% of the population in Iraq.

Using the same 2.4 percent on US population, it amounts to 6,720,000 americans.

Can you imagine the violent reaction to 6.72 million dead in the US?

Remember, all numbers are relative. Christian value in this case however, is absolute.

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By el cuervo, October 11, 2006 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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George Bush and the others responsible for the Iraq war need to be jailed or the United States will never regain it’s credibility in the eyes of the rest of the world.

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By guy falgout, October 11, 2006 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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If this mockery of so-called “Christian” leadership is suppose to be the everlasting answer to the worlds problems, count me as an athiest. 650 thousand souls destroyed for no reason whatsoever. Blood on the hands of all who support this fiasco in Iraq.

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By Mad as Hell, October 11, 2006 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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In the 20+ years that Saddam Hussein was the tyrant of Iraq hundreds of thousands died.  But did 650,000 Iraqis die at his hands? If they did, that’s 30,000+ per year.

In 3 years 650,00 Iraqis have died at Mad King George’s hands.  That’s 215,000+ each year.

So, as much of a horror as Saddam was, if you are an Iraqi, isn’t George Bush 7 times worse?

What a terrible legacy for our nation by this evil traitor.

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By Nancy Hatfield, October 11, 2006 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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George Bush:  Yes, we’re going to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq if we have to kill every last Iraqi to do it.  Looks like they’re well on their way.
These figures bring to mind what so many counless elected leaders say.  (hink Madeleine Albright) When asked if 500,000 dead Iraqi children was worth the price (of the embargo against Iraq during the Clinton administration), then Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, said yes, it was worth it. 
We’ve lost nearly 3,000 troops, but we hear almost nothing from mainstream media on the Iraqi deaths.  655,000 Iraqi deaths—why aren’t Americans expressing rage????

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By Abdifatah Suleiman Musse, October 11, 2006 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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That is soo shocking, we don’t even think about those people who are mostly women, chilren, and old people, dying @ the rate of 500 a day, imagine if people were dying that fast in your neibhorhood and you see no help or mercy from anywhere, that is shame, those people are helpless and nobody thinks about them, sometimes we don’t even think people are fighing there and people are dying there, we just think the bush’s troops are just staying there, we know there is violance going on there but we don’t really thing about it, even as I was writing this comments how many more have died, do we really thing about that? we are soo blind and deaf, God’s willing things will get better

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By kevin99999, October 11, 2006 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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May be now our thirst for blood is satisfied. Before we start calling other countries ‘axis of evil’ we should examine our actions, past, present, and future.

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By Manny, October 11, 2006 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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Make no mistake every member of Congress that voted for an invasion of Iraq has Iraqi blood on their hands. Ever murder of an Iraqi child cries out to the Necon churchs that supported Mr. G. Bush and his war. Yes, America sit in your homes and enjoy your lifes while Iraqis live out their
hell. As Mr.G. Bush stated, ” The Comma in a Book” is the blood of Iraq. I’m sure that the vast majority of Americans would agree with our President.

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By C Quil, October 11, 2006 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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The numbers are very believable. The country is in a state of constant violence.

If this horror ever ends, there will probably be bulldozed-over mass graves being found all over Iraq.

It will never be considered a “comma” in the history of Iraq. It should put a “period” to the reign of the Bush cabal, however.

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By Sharleen Leahey, October 11, 2006 at 8:34 am Link to this comment
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I have often wondered how the figure for Iraqi deaths could remain at 100,000 over the course of almost three years and at times actually be estimated down. Everyone kept repeating the 100,000 estimate year after year and I never heard it questioned. This new study and estimate of almost 700,000 Iraqis dead since the invasion should not surprise anyone. It’s long overdue. Now we must face the enormity of the crime our political leaders have once again committed against an innocent and almost defenseless country and people who posed no threat to us.
-Sharleen Leahey
Somerville, New Jersey

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