Iraq Body Counts respons på Lancet-studien

Det här droppade precis ned i min inbox från Iraq Body Count: deras respons på den nya Lancet-rapport som kom ut för cirka en vecka sedan och som väckte en del uppmärksamhet i media. Jag har inte läst rapporten i detalj, men IBC är helt klart mycket kritiska till uppgifterna från Lancet-gruppen och menar att den antingen innehåller metodologiska felaktigheter eller visar på en extremt irrationell mediabevakning, beteende av de skadade eller av myndigheterna.

Hela rapporten kan laddas ned här. Jag nöjer mig med att citera de sista styckena:
Do the American people need to believe that 600,000 Iraqis have been killed before they can turn to their leaders and say “enough is enough”? The number of certain civilian deaths that has been documented to a basic standard of corroboration by “passive surveillance methods” surely already provides all the necessary evidence to deem this invasion and occupation an utter failure at all levels.

On 9/11 3,000 people were violently killed in attacks on the USA. Those events etched themselves into the soul of every American, and reverberated around the world. In December 2005 President George Bush acknowledged 30,000 known Iraqi violent deaths in a country one tenth the size of the USA. That is already a death toll 100 times greater in its impact on the Iraqi nation than 9/11 was on the USA. That there are more deaths that have not yet come to light is certain, but if a change in policy is needed, the catastrophic roll-call of the already known dead is more than ample justification for that change.

Not: IBC:s siffror visar i skrivande stund att minst 43937 och max 48783 civila dödats i kriget i Irak sedan mars 2003.

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