The WikiLeaks Iraq archive, while incomplete, reveals many more previously unreported violent deaths in the Iraq war — Iraq Body Count say that the archive reveals 15,000 people shot, blown up, had the heads cut off or killed in some other way that they had not recorded. So Tim Blair, who claimed that the Iraq Body Count was way way too high (and predicted that the coalition would suffer “below 50” casualties) has posted a correction. Ha ha, just kidding. Blair has a post claiming that the WikiLeaks archive, which is, as I have already noted, incomplete, proves that the Lancet study on war-related deaths in Iraq is wrong. This does not follow. Since the WikiLeaks archive is incomplete, the number of deaths recorded is just a lower bound. That’s because the archive is incomplete. This is just the latest in Blair’s innumerate criticisms of the Lancet study.
However, the WikiLeaks documents add further doubts to a controversial report in a 2006 issue of the medical journal the Lancet, claiming that, even that early in the war, 655,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed, most of them by U.S. air and artillery strikes.
In fact, the study attributed 31% of the roughly 600,000 violent deaths to the coalition , and just 13% to air strikes. I guess checking what the study actually found is too much trouble if you are a journalist.
And it’s not just Blair and Kaplan. Thers on Glenn Reynolds:
In the world where things like human beings dying and being tortured in the course of senseless wars matters, the recent Wikileaks documents release is accompanied by headlines like “A Grim Portrait of Civilian Deaths in Iraq.”
In Glenn Reynold’s squalid little world, however, what the documents show is that the war was even more glorious than one he’d always masturbated to, and will be good news for Republicans!