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The Casualties of War

The Lancet study of Iraq deaths is further discredited.

Feb 4, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 20 • By MICHAEL FUMENTO
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The 2006 Lancet report states only, "Funding was provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health." Soros is known for concealing his massive political donations, and the Lancet was complicit on this occasion.

Not that any of these revelations appears to have fazed the authors or editor of the Lancet. Just as defenders of Lancet 2006 claim that the ORB poll, with its far higher death rate, was somehow "consistent" with Lancet 2006, so does the coauthor of both Lancet studies, Les Roberts, astonishingly insists that the much-lower IFHS numbers are also consistent with Lancet 2006. There is "far more in common in the results than appears at first glance," he has said. Or at second or third glance, he might have added. As if there could possibly be anything consistent with one survey that finds more than seven times the deaths as another survey over the same reporting period.

It therefore appears that we can expect, just before this year's national election, a new Lancet survey in which the American imperialist troops and their Iraqi puppets will be shown to have killed every single Iraqi. Twice.

CLARIFICATION: The Lancet 2006 figures of 655,000 Iraqis dead as a consequence of the 2003 U.S. invasion is correct. But a slightly lower figure of 600,000 was attributed directly to war violence. All further references and comparisons in the article are to the lower, violence-only figure.

Michael Fumento, Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer, has been embedded three times in Iraq and once in Afghanistan.