Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Who Killed Most Iraqi Civilians?

If you believe the US propaganda, the 'insurgents' (collective). If you read the several posts on the issue on my blog, you could have gotten a clue that it's the occupation forces and criminals.

Now, for the first time, a major news outlet reports the above truth too - the BBC:

Nearly 25,000 civilians have died violently in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003, a report says... The survey was carried out by the UK-based Iraq Body Count and Oxford Research Group...

37% of all non-combatant deaths were caused by the US-led coalition... Insurgents are said to have caused 9% of the deaths, while post-invasion criminal violence was responsible for another 36%.

I note: the latter is also the occupiers' (ir)responsibility. I also note: the IBC is based on (Western) media reports, which represents a significant undercount, while health-related excess deaths (which were included in the Lancet study) are ignored.

(You find the original Iraqi Body Count report here, but I thought the mainstream media reporting is a major part of the story.)


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