The US military killed 100,000 civilians: Bush's Pentagon doesn't "do body counts," but the British medical journal, The Lancet does, and its first-of-its-kind scientific study of the effects of the war on Iraq makes the "conservative" estimate of at least 100,000 civilians killed. The data excludes Falluja, but the number would soar past 200,000 if that extremely violent city was included. The study, which doesn't include death by natural causes, also found:
The most common cause of death is as a direct result of violence, mostly caused by coalition air strikes, reveals the study of almost 1000 households scattered across Iraq. And the risk of violent death just after the invasion was 58 times greater than before the war. The overall risk of death was 1.5 times more after the invasion than before.
Richard Horton, the publication's editor, wrote in a commentary run alongside the research, “These findings raise questions for those far removed from Iraq - in the governments of the countries responsible for launching a pre-emptive war. In planning this war, the coalition forces - especially those of the US and UK - must have considered the likely effects of their actions for civilians.” He argues that, from a public health perspective, whatever “planning did take place was grievously in error." 100,000 dead, made possible by your taxes and mine. God bless America, indeed.

(Thanks, Jim.)

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