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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Yes, there were many attempts to estimate the dead, and all the credible ones come up with a large number.

I think the best was around half a million.

I also think though that you must include all the chaos and death since the end of initial hostilities.

None of it would have happened without the damned invasion. That likely brings us to around a million.

By the way, it has long been an American practice to hide any statistics showing the real effect of American aggression.

In the previous Gulf War, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers – mostly poor conscripted farmers – were crushed by B-52 carpet bombing. Their bodies were just bulldozed into the desert without accounting.

Again, in the no-fly zone and embargo imposed afterwards, many tens of thousands of innocent civilians, and a lot of children, died miserably. The US never bothered to investigate, and we have the ghastly, memorable words of Madeleine Albright when asked it that “we thought it was worth it.”

Readers may enjoy a piece written some years ago on the topic. The numbers used in it were conservative in light of later knowledge:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/hiroshima-mon-amour/

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