I am sad so many innocent Iraqis have died. But I need to point out I feel the number you are talking about are too high.
Relying on the only the Lancet statistics could prove this number to far to high.
Personally, I would try to incorporate a mix of the numbers of the deaths listed below.
This is a link to a report that has six statistics in civilian deaths. FAS org report from
November 22, 2006
Using the highest number of the statistics
Iraq Body Count 52,242
Iraq Casulty Count 19,480
Iraq Health Minister 150,000
Brookings Institiute 62,000
(and I probably read the timeline wrong on some of these?)
An Average of that number is 184,171, which is still an obscene amount of deaths.
Now if you do 13% of that then it would be, 14,167 deaths from airstrikes and bombs. If I were to follow the statistics you put forth. A huge
difference from your 78,000. Maybe I am wrong, but it doesn't mean because you have a link to a story that story is right too.
I am not trying to discount the deaths by US policy, bad people in Iraq, or other foreign powers enabling the deaths to continue, but I think that
article you posted is on the high side of deaths. And this number I gave would be more conservative, even if I don't believe the methodolgy used to
get that number.(For both of us.)
I refuse to have statistics from one source, and expect it to be the correct number. It might lead you in the right direction, but your data will be
flawed. I bet my data is flawed too. And it is outdated by 7 months.
Too many civilians have died period. But I am not going to let you put out statistics that are suspect in my mind.
[edit on 3-6-2007 by sbob]