George Soros funded the survey. The U.S. authors played no role in data-collection, and did not apply standard anti-fraud measures. The chief Iraqi data-collector had earlier produced medical articles to help Saddam’s anti-sanctions campaign in the 1990s, and said Allah guided the prior 2004 Lancet/Johns Hopkins death-survey. Some of the field surveyors were employed by Moqtada Sadr’s Ministry of Health. The Iraqis’ numbers contain evidence of fakery, and the Lancet did not check for fakery.
Lafta’s articles accurately documented malnutrition among Iraqi children, but scientific truth and the suffering of children don’t matter to Munro, it’s all politics to him.
Munro’s scepticism about the Lancet contrasts with his uncritical acceptance of even the most far-fetched stories if they appeal to his prejudices.
Look at this example, where he falls for the Johnelle Bryant hoax:
Atta asked a government official if he could buy a large overhead
photograph of D.C. from the official’s wall. He then suggested the U.S.
cities might be attacked, told the official that Osama/Al-Qaeda would be
famous in America, and then left in a huff when the official refused to lend
him money which he said was to buy a large, two-engine crop dusting
You can likely find a psychiatrist who would conclude that Atta
likely, but subconsciously, wanted to be caught.
But the official said nothing. Privacy, non-judgementalism and all that.