650,000 Iraqi Civilian Deaths – The Lancet

March 29, 2007

image - Dr Richard HortonRichard Horton – a medical doctor and editor-in-chief of The Lancet – wrote yesterday about this “monstrous war crime” in The Guardian, referring to a related report this week by the BBC.

Before this report by the BBC, journalists in the mainstream media have avoided quoting the 650,000 figure – with a few courageous exceptions. No less than a congressional hearing on the issue last December that confirmed the number may as well not have happened. The US media ignored it.

This week the BBC reported that the government’s own scientists advised ministers that the Johns Hopkins study on Iraq civilian mortality was accurate and reliable, following a freedom of information request by the reporter Owen Bennett-Jones. This paper was published in The Lancet last October. It estimated that 650,000 Iraqi civilians had died since the American and British led invasion in March 2003. – Richard Horton

Read the whole story here.

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3 Responses to “650,000 Iraqi Civilian Deaths – The Lancet”

  1. puerhan Says:

    See also some of the work of Media Lens who have picked up on the appalling coverage of the Lancet study many times. For example: http://medialens.org/alerts/07/070226_iraqi_civilian_suffering.php

    A snip from their ‘about us’ section:

    We accept the Buddhist assertion that while greed and hatred distort reason, compassion empowers it. Our aim is to increase rational awareness, critical thought and compassion, and to decrease greed, hatred and ignorance. Our goal is not at all to attack, insult or anger individual editors or journalists but to highlight significant examples of the systemic distortion that is facilitating appalling crimes against humanity: the failure to communicate the truth of exactly who is responsible for the slaughter of 500,000 Iraqi children under five; the silence surrounding the motives and devastating consequences of corporate obstruction of action on climate change; the true nature, motives and consequences of ‘globalisation’; the corporate degradation and distortion of democratic society and culture. Our hope is that by so doing we can help all of us to free ourselves from delusions. In the age of global warming and globalised exploitation these delusions threaten an extraordinary, and perhaps terminal, disaster – they should not be allowed to go unchallenged.


  2. […] – The Media Silence April 9th, 2007 puerhan linked to this Media Lens article in a comment on 650,000 Iraqi Civilian Deaths. The comment included – in a quote from the Media Lens About Us […]


  3. […] Lancet study [see earlier post] already demonstrated that, as of July 2006, the deaths caused by the U.S. invasion of Iraq rivaled […]


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