Thursday, January 31, 2008

One million?

We will probably never know the full extent of the damage caused by the Iraq war and we will probably never know the real cost in human lives. But some groups are trying to find the latter out and the way they go about it is that they are questioning members of individual families about deaths related to the conflict within that family.

The latest poll conducted by ORB and published by Reuters has been shocking:

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - More than one million Iraqis have died as a result of the conflict in their country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, according to research conducted by one of Britain's leading polling groups.

The poll has an accuracy, says ORB, of 1.7%. However, even if the poll was out by 20% it would be a statistic to make one pause and think.

It would also be a statistic that finally puts to bed the question of whether toppling Saddam was worth it or not.

If at all accurate, it would mean that George Bush put into motion events that killed a million people who shouldn’t have been killed. His ‘oops’ caused a million deaths. That’s the sort of figure that would normally carry the tag of “mass murderer.”

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