Iraq: The hidden horror

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by Justin Raimondo

10/13/06

The U.S. military has steadfastly refused to maintain Iraqi body counts: for obvious reasons, they'd rather we didn't know how many Iraqi souls have been permanently 'liberated' from their bodies. More importantly, they'd rather the Iraqis didn't know. Independent sources of such information invariably depend on reported deaths: the Iraqi media, Western news accounts, and figures from the UN and other humanitarian agencies. Yet this kind of passive approach is not sufficient in wartime: the chaos makes it more than probable that a great deal of the killing goes unreported. It therefore makes perfect sense that the Johns Hopkins survey -- which involved researchers personally interviewing a total of 1,849 Iraqi households, most of whom produced death certificates -- would be far higher. That it is 10 times higher is not all that surprising -- although quite sobering when one realizes the total represents 2.5 percent of Iraq's population...

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