19 Sep. 2007

What Have We Done???

New research by ORB, a British group whose work was once touted by the Bush administration, shows that over a million Iraqis have been murdered since the war began.
In conjunction with their Iraqi fieldwork agency a representative sample of 1,499 adults aged 18+ answered the following question:-

Q: How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003 (i.e. as a result of violence rather than a natural death such as old age)? Please note that I mean those who were actually living under your roof.

None 78%
One 16%
Two 5%
Three 1%
Four or more 0.002%

Given that from the 2005 census there are a total of 4,050,597 households this data suggests a total of 1,220,580 deaths since the invasion in 2003...

48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance.
The margin of error on the sample who answered (1,499) is only +2.5%. And given that this survey supports previous estimates, there is no longer any excuse for ignoring or misrepresenting the horrible truth.

Of course, the US military have famously stated that they "don't do body counts". And our governments have tossed out ridiculous numbers like 30,000 dead. And our compliant media have used such ridiculous numbers repeatedly, either for fear of being criticized or because they secretly support this horrible war. And all three of these groups - the military, the government, the media - have blood on their hands.

But we, the people, did not want to know the truth. And that is why they got away with it for so long.


Shout it from the rooftops - over a million dead! And for what? For what???

One day the dry skulls will be stacked in small mountains, and a sign will say who did this, and when, and why. Those who survive this massacre will not forget, nor readily forgive. What have we done?