Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Johns Hopkins Iraqi Casualty report - a full disclosure

The Lancet report hit piece put out by Dr. Gilbert Burnham of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, claims 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war.

A controversial new study contends nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war, suggesting a far higher death toll than other estimates.

The timing of the survey's release, just a few weeks before the U.S. congressional elections, led one expert to call it "politics."

In the new study, researchers attempt to calculate how many more Iraqis have died since March 2003 than one would expect without the war. Their conclusion, based on interviews of households and not a body count, is that about 600,000 died from violence, mostly gunfire. They also found a small increase in deaths from other causes like heart disease and cancer.

"Deaths are occurring in Iraq now at a rate more than three times that from before the invasion of March 2003," Dr. Gilbert Burnham, lead author of the study, said in a statement.

The Lancet is a British medical journal that seems to have tarnished itself here by letting itself get dragged into leftwing moonbat territory.

How could this happen you ask? When the editor of the publication is a well known hippie tree hugger pacifist, it's not that hard to imagine. LGF has video of Lancet editor Richard Horton at a UK Stop the War Coalition demonstration called "Time to Go." He was the featured speaker, and shared the stage with the likes of George "Iraq is fighting for all the Arabs. Where are the Arab armies?" Galloway.

And that's on top of basing these results on household interviews and the obvious political timing of releasing this report now.

It's not like Horton has a biased opinion on this or anything...

UPDATE @ 3:03pm: Thanks to commenter Lawrence for the link to NewsBusters that has info that the NYT did the same thing The Lancet boobs did.

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