New study into excess death toll in post-invasion Iraq: 500’000 dead.

The study, carried out by a team lead by Amy Hagopian, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, found that between 2003-2011, there were ‘Approximately a half million deaths in Iraq’ that ‘could be attributable to the war’.

They estimate that ‘more than 60% of excess deaths were directly attributable to violence’, and that ‘Violent deaths were attributed primarily to coalition forces (35%) and militia (32%)’ – which by my calculations, means the politician sent armies of the U.S., U.K. and their allies directly and violently killed circa 100’000 Iraqis between 2003-2011. That’s roughly 1000 people a month, every month, for eight years, a level of violence and horror that very few people could truly imagine happening here.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that the likes of Bush and Blair are ultimately responsible for all of the excess deaths, given it was they who started the war, and for no good reason at all. And while this is almost a ‘by numbers’ quote for those writing in criticism of the invasion of Iraq, it is still worth recalling how aggressive war was described at the Nuremberg Tribunals as ‘the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole’.

And amidst all the outrage and condemnation and gnashing of teeth and ‘something-must-be-done-athons’ in regards to the crimes and depredations of the Assad regime in Syria, let’s not forget that our own Assads still walk freely among us, and are often feted by those who would bomb Syria to save it from such a mad man.

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