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Andrew Cockburn: How the New England Journal of Medicine Undercounted Iraqi Civilian Deaths

Andrew Cockburn: How the New England Journal of Medicine Undercounted Iraqi Civilian Deaths: "Almost five years into the destruction of Iraq, the orthodox rule of thumb for assessing statistical tabulations of the civilian death toll is becoming clear: any figure will do so long as it is substantially lower than that computed by the Johns Hopkins researchers in their 2004 and 2006 studies. Their findings, based on the most orthodox sampling methodology and published in the Lancet after extensive peer review, estimated the post-invasion death toll by 2006 at about 655,000. Predictably, this shocking assessment drew howls of ignorant abuse from self-interested parties, including George Bush ('not credible') and Tony Blair."