Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lancing the Lancet

Apparently Iraq Body Count (unaffiliated with Ice-T) reads my blog and decided to echo my thoughts on the Lancet survey of deaths in the Iraq war. (IBC is the group behind what I unceremoniously called "another study" in my previous post. They peg Iraq war deaths in the neighborhood of 48,000, compared to 655,000 for the Lancet study.)

Amongst their qualms, they note that for the Lancet survey to be accurate, the following implausible claims would have to be true:
  • Half a million death certificates were received by families which were never officially recorded as having been issued;
  • The Coalition has killed far more Iraqis in the last year than in earlier years containing the initial massive "Shock and Awe" invasion and the major assaults on Falluja.
They also contend that for the media—U.S., Iraqi and otherwise—to so radically under-report war-related deaths would require an incompetence far above and beyond that which they typically display.

Then again, just when you think the media's hit rock bottom...
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