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British Officials Expose Bush-Blair Holocaust Denial

Bush and Blair claim that fewer than 50,000 Iraqis have been killed by their criminal war of aggression. The real number is more than ten times that many. 

It is one thing to argue about the numbers of victims of historical holocausts. It is another to perpetrate a holocaust and then lie about it. 

--Kevin Barrett 

March 27, 2007

Associated Press 

Iraq Death Toll Survey 'Robust' 

BRITISH government officials backed the methodology used by scientists who concluded that more than 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2003, the BBC reported today. 

The Government publicly rejected the findings, published in The Lancet medical journal in October. 

But the BBC said documents obtained under freedom of information legislation showed advisers concluded that the much-criticised study had used sound methods. 

The Lancet study, conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, estimated that 655,000 more Iraqis had died since March 2003 than one would expect without the war. The study estimated that 601,027 of those deaths were from violence. 

The researchers, reflecting the inherent uncertainties in such extrapolations, said they were 95 per cent certain that the real number lay somewhere between 392,979 and 942,636 deaths. 

The conclusion, based on interviews of households and not a body count, was disputed by some experts, and rejected by the US and British governments. 

US President George W. Bush said he did not consider it a credible report, and Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said the study had extrapolated from an unrepresentative sample of the population. 

However, the chief scientific adviser to the Defense Ministry, Roy Anderson, described the methods used in the study as robust and close to best practice. 

A memo from Anderson's office to senior officials, obtained by the BBC World Service, said the chief scientist recommends caution in publicly criticising the study. 

In another document, a government official - whose name has been blanked out - said the survey methodology used here cannot be rubbished, it is a tried and tested way of measuring mortality in conflict zones. 

Calculating the number of people killed in violence-wracked Iraq is notoriously difficult, and estimates have varied widely. The private group Iraq Body Count estimates civilian deaths at between 59,000 and 65,000. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq calculated that 34,452 Iraqis were killed in 2006 alone, while the Iraqi government put the death toll for the same period at 12,357. 

In a statement responding to the BBC report, the British government said that while the methods behind the Lancet study had been used in other conflicts, the Lancet figures are much higher than statistics from other sources, which only goes to show how estimates can vary enormously according to the method of collection. 

There is considerable debate amongst the scientific community over the accuracy of the figures, it said. 

MORE at http://www.twf.org/News/Y2003/0709-Civilians.html

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