Thursday, April 13, 2006

Iraq Dispatches: Learning to Count: The Dead in Iraq

By Dahr Jamail and Jeff Pflueger
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Thursday 13 April 2006

*/I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis./*
- George W. Bush, December 12, 2005, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*Does it count?*

How many Iraqis have died as the result of the Anglo-American invasion and occupation of their country remains an unresolved question in the anti-war movement. It is a question the pro-war camp avoids. Yet what more important question is there?

The above quote made by the "compassionate conservative" shows a disturbing trend in the corporate media and amongst the spokespersons of the current powers that be, to camouflage the true cost of the illegal occupation of Iraq - the cost in blood paid by Iraqis. It is a trend that ensures that the enormity of the atrocity goes unnoticed.

Mr. Bush has cited a figure which is obviously taken from the popular anti-war web site Iraq Body Count (IBC), which proudly refers to its work on its home page as "The worldwide update of reported civilian deaths in the Iraq war and occupation." This project estimates a minimum and maximum death count, which as of April 12 had the minimum number of Iraqi dead at 34,030 and the maximum at 38,164. We shall provide a brief description of their biased and flawed methodology after looking at the true level of casualties in Iraq.

Read the rest of this Dispatch here.

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Note: I regularly republish Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches on my site in their entirety, with the explicit permission of Dahr. However, tonight time does not permit me to do this, but the link provided above will take you to Truthout's site to the rest of the article.

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