Groundhog Spat with Johann
I was sorry to see my friend Johann Hari (below), who once supported the invasion of Iraq, repeating some of the most awful and untrue anti-war propaganda in a Groundhog post on this blog. He says that the war “has led to the death of a million people”.
He has said it before (only it was 1.2 million then), and was reprinted enthusiastically and in full by the Daily Mail (for an excellent article on “why the Daily Mail is poison”, see here). And he has said it before (when it was 1.15 million).
There is no credible basis for any of these figures, which overstate the level of violent deaths in Iraq since the invasion by a factor of about 10. The methodology of the once widely-cited figure of half that number, 600,000, published in The Lancet, has been exposed as unreliable. As I have said many times, the death toll in Iraq is terrible enough for it not to require wild exaggeration by those who disagreed, or who now disagree, with the invasion.Tagged in: chilcot, iraq body count, iraq inquiry
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