30 Jan. 2008

One Million Dead Iraqis

A new study estimates that more than 1 million Iraqis have died because of the war in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

Data compiled by London-based Opinion Research Business (ORB) and its research partner in Iraq, the Independent Institute for Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS) reveals a fifth of Iraqi households lost at least one family member between March 2003 and August 2007 due to the conflict.

The study based its findings on survey work involving the face-to-face questioning of 2,414 Iraqi adults aged 18 or above, and the last complete census in Iraq in 1997, which indicated a total of 4.05 million households.

Respondents were asked how many members of their household, if any, had died as a result of the violence in the country since 2003, and not because of natural causes.

"We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been in the order of 1,033,000," ORB said in a statement.

The margin of error for the survey was 1.7 per cent, making the estimated range between 946,000 and 1.12 million fatalities.
Seriously, what does it matter if the number is 30,000 (as Bush would pretend) or even 2 million? The scale of death is horrific, and the lies that lead to such wholesale slaughter MUST be exposed.

The Australian government, and hence the Australian people, are complicit in this murder. You wanna talk about Stolen Generations? We just massacred another million people in Iraq. You wanna talk about owning up to the mistakes of "history"? History is being written today!