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Wrong War
Bloomberg reports on a scientificstudy by reserarchers from the Johns Hopkins University and being published by The Lancet, which says, in part,
About 100,000 civilians have died as a result of the war in Iraq
The study, based on a survey comparing mortality rates in Iraq during the 15 months before and 18 months after the March 2003 invasion, found violence was the leading cause of death after the invasion. The majority of the civilian deaths were women and children, said the study, led by Hopkins' Les Roberts.

Most of the casualties occurred after the end of major hostilities in May 2003, researchers said in the study. Observations suggest that civilian deaths since the war are mostly caused by air strikes, the survey said. Two-thirds of the deaths were in the insurgent-held Sunni Muslim Iraqi city of Fallujah, the study said.

my emphasis - ub
I'm not sure how close to reality that horrifying figure is but I'm just wondering if there is a standard by which this thing is measured, say X of your people are worth Y of ours? I'm wondering if Rumsfeld and Bush and Cheney have these little books of equations where they calculate such figures before launching a war? Or do they just go by conviction, belief and bad planning? Wrong approaches both, to fighting a war.

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