An op-ed piece showed up in the York (PA) Daily Record on May 20, 2007 dealing with the alleged 655K Iraqis killed during the war. It’s assumption base is ridiculous.
“Burnhamâ€™s numbers donâ€™t pass the smell test. A 500,000 margin of error is itself indicative of error. Most critically, he used a pre-war Iraqi death rate of 5.5 deaths per 1,000 residents, which makes no sense. UNICEFâ€™s Web site reports an Iraqi pre-war death rate of 8 per 1,000, which, if true, means Burnhamâ€™s numbers are 216,000 deaths too high even if his formula is correct. Again according to UNICEF, a 5.5 death rate is lower than in the United States (8), England (10), France (9), and Germany (10). You must believe, therefore, that you would have lived longer on average in Saddamâ€™s embargoed Iraq than in the United States and Western Europe. Moreover, according to UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control, Americans lived 18 years longer than Iraqis did before the war. How could Americans live longer but, according to Burnhamâ€™s and UNICEFâ€™s death tolls, die at a higher rate?”
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