Friday, September 14, 2007

Civilian Death Toll Numbers in Iraq Grim

A new survey says that the civilian death toll from the Iraq war could be more than 1 million.

The figure from ORB, a British polling agency that has conducted several surveys in Iraq, followed statements this week from the U.S. military defending itself against accusations it was trying to play down Iraqi deaths to make its strategy appear successful.

The military has said civilian deaths from sectarian violence have fallen more than 55% since President Bush sent an additional 28,500 troops to Iraq this year, but it does not provide specific numbers.

According to the ORB poll, a survey of 1,461 adults suggested that the total number slain during more than four years of war was more than 1.2 million.

ORB said it drew its conclusion from responses to the question about those living under one roof: "How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003?"

Based on Iraq's estimated number of households -- 4,050,597 -- it said the 1.2 million figure was reasonable.

There was no way to verify the number, because the government does not provide a full count of civilian deaths. Neither does the U.S. military.

Both, however, say that independent organizations greatly exaggerate estimates of civilian casualties.

ORB said its poll had a margin of error of 2.4%. According to its findings, nearly one in two households in Baghdad had lost at least one member to war-related violence, and 22% of households nationwide had suffered at least one death. It said 48% of the victims were shot to death and 20% died as a result of car bombs, with other explosions and military bombardments blamed for most of the other fatalities.

The survey was conducted last month.

It was the highest estimate given so far of civilian deaths in Iraq. Last year, a study in the medical journal Lancet put the number at 654,965, which Iraq's government has dismissed as "ridiculous."

4 Comments:

Blogger Meatball One said...

Sorry Effwit but I'm bunkered down at peri-30K. Don't go making me feel uneasy with scary numba'z like dis. I wanna be on da side of da good guys - not da baby killers.

Go back to the drawing board, you un-American fucktard. This just can't be true.

9/14/2007 9:29 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...

M1:

I understand the cognitive dissonance. Lots of people feel the same way.

Think of how the American people are gonna feel when the truth about 9/11 finally comes out.

9/15/2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger stonefruit said...

I heard Britney gave a lousy performance at the VMAs.

9/17/2007 9:51 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Stonefruit:

Priorities are priorities.

9/18/2007 6:45 AM  

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