A STUDY that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros.
Soros, 77, provided almost half the Â£50,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead.
It is untrue that its claim was 10 times greater than consensus estimates.
The study, published in 2006, was hailed by antiwar campaigners as evidence of the scale of the disaster caused by the invasion, but Downing Street and President George Bush challenged its methodology.
I wonder why Montague forgot to mention the attacks from Downing Street were dishonest since the government’s scientific advice was that the methods were “close to best practice” and the design “robust”. Oh right, Montague is being paid by a pro-war billionaire.
Professor John Tirman of MIT said this weekend that $46,000 (Â£23,000) of the approximate Â£50,000 cost of the study had come from Soros’s Open Society Institute.
I checked with Tirman and he said a few other things to Montague that are mysteriously absent from Montague’s story.
The survey was not funded by Soros. It was funded by MIT. OSI only provided funds for public education. And the authors of the study weren’t even aware of the OSI funding, so there was no possible way Soros could have influenced them. Why didn’t this appear in Montague’s story? Oh right, Montague is being paid by a pro-war billionaire.