Thursday, October 28, 2004

100,000 Iraqi Dead

From the New York Times, for what its worth...

PARIS, Oct. 28 - An estimated 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq as a direct or indirect consequence of the March 2003 United States-led invasion, according to a new study by a research team at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Using what they described as the best sampling methods that could be applied under the circumstances, they found that Iraqis were 2.5 times more likely to die in the 17 months following the invasion than in the 14 months before it.

Before the invasion, the most common causes of death in Iraq were heart attacks, strokes and chronic diseases. Afterward, violent death was far ahead of all other causes.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if they were dying from most of the same stuff Americans die from, doesn't that mean that Saddam WASN'T killing Iraqis in droves like he is portrayed as doing by the Bush Administration? Geez, our old people can't even get medicine to stay alive and WE want to point fingers? Give me a break!