NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Iraqi death toll, Judy Fitanides in letters to the editor, October 30, 2004, is pushing more liberal drivel about the war.

“One hundred thousand Iraqi civilians killed since war began 18 months ago, as reported by Lancet, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University. Most were women and children."

Fred Kaplan at Slate has a devistating analysis of this seriously flawed study.
“. . . the authors are 95 percent confident that the war-caused deaths totaled some number between 8,000 and 194,000. (The number cited in plain language—98,000—is roughly at the halfway point in this absurdly vast range.) This isn't an estimate. It's a dart board.”
Shannon Love, at the Command Post, also takes a serious look at the Lancet Study. Her conclusion:
“This ‘peer reviewed study’ is a piece of polemical garbage. Everybody is supposed to take away the bumper sticker summary, ‘Coalition kills 100,000 Iraqi civilians, half of them children,’ without reading the details. It tries to use crude epidemiological models like those used to study disease and applies them to the conscious infliction of violence by human beings. The result is statistical static.”

Read the full analysis at the Comand Post and you will see for your self, this a garbage study published by what use to be a credible medical journal.

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