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Les Roberts replies to WSJ editorial

Les Roberts replies to a shamelessly dishonest WSJ editorial: Your editorial entitled, “The Lancet’s political hit” regarding our study of Iraqi deaths was a unique blend of error and innuendo. For example, I was not opposed to removing Saddam; I was opposed to invading a country while the UN Secretary General was stating that it…

IFHS study on violent deaths in Iraq

A new study of violent deaths in Iraq has been published in the NEJM. You can read it here. Here’s the abstract: Background Estimates of the death toll in Iraq from the time of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 until June 2006 have ranged from 47,668 (from the Iraq Body Count) to 601,027 (from…

Back in November 2001 Neil Munro was an advocate of war with Iraq and predicted: The painful images of starving Iraqi children will be replaced by alluring Baghdad city lights, smiling wages-earners and Palestinian job seekers. Iraq war advocates like Munro don’t like the results of the Lancet study that suggest that about 600,000 Iraqis…

Gilbert Burnham and Les Roberts have an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun: Not wanting to think about civilian deaths in Iraq has become almost universal. But ignorance of the Iraqi death toll is no longer an option. An Associated Press poll in February found that the average American believed about 9,900 Iraqis had been killed…

More on the ORB poll

Will McLean found an error in the detailed tables for the ORB survey. The tables indicated that 60% of the Baghdad sample was Christian, which doesn’t seem plausible. They’ve now released corrected tables. It looks like the religion of some of those surveyed was entered incorrectly. Also at the ORB link is a short video…

James Wimberly adds the new ORB survey to his chart that extrapolates the various surveys of Iraqi deaths. He comments: The ORB estimate of 1.22 million is very close to Lancet 2 updated according to the IBC body count timeline – 1.16 million. So they reinforce each other. We now have four survey estimates from…

A new survey puts the Iraqi death toll at over one one million: These findings come from a poll released today by O.R.B., the British polling agency that have been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005. In conjunction with their Iraqi fieldwork agency a representative sample of 1,461 adults aged 18+ answered the following…

Kane and Lancet

There has been more discussion at Crooked Timber on David Kane’s criticism of the Lancet study. In response to Tim Burke’s comment: Good faith skepticism starts with, “Ok, I want to look at why you’re making this claim, and your evidence for it. I don’t want to take anything on faith.” Not, “I’m sure you’re…

Robert Chung on David Kane

Boosted from comments. Robert Chung writes: David Kane wrote: Anyway, it seems clear to me now that you are bluffing Me, bluffing about knowing how calculate a CMR? Ouch, that hurts. David, what a fascinating example of hubris. You do not know how to do something, so you conclude that no one else can either.…

The call of the rake

I really don’t know where to begin with this anti-Lancet piece by Michael Fumento. Should I start with the way Fumento describes Kane’s paper as “so complex” that it “may cause your head to explode” while being utterly certain that Kane has demolished the Lancet study? Or with his assertion that I’ve been ignoring criticism…