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Published in the 16-30 Nov 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition


Silence kills

SOME mainstream global media have FINALLY permitted their readers to glimpse the horrendous reality of Iraq civilian deaths thanks to a scientific article in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. 

A group of US scientists has just published an article in the top British medical journal The Lancet (October 2004) that found 0.1 to 0.2 million civilian "excess deaths" in post-invasion Iraq; that mortality increased post-invasion; and that violent death increased dramatically post-invasion. 

This US study is consonant with existing UN and UNICEF data that has been COMPREHENSIVELY IGNORED by mainstream global media. 

According to UNICEF, in 2002 the under-5 infant mortality was 1,000 in Australia, 108,000 in Iraq and 283,000 in conquered Afghanistan (up from 277,000 in 2001) - noting that these countries have populations of about 20, 24 and 22 million, respectively. 

From UNICEF data it can be conservatively estimated that the post-invasion under-5 infant mortality has been about 0.2 million in Iraq and 0.9 million in Afghanistan.

Using UN and UNICEF data it has further been calculated that total "excess mortality" (excess death, avoidable mortality) in war-ravaged Iraq since 1991 has been 1.5 million (with under-5 infant mortality totalling 1.2 million) [see G. Polya, Australasian Science, June, 2004] and that the "excess mortality" has been 1.2 million in post-invasion Afghanistan (with the under-5 infant deaths totalling 0.9 million).

The ruler is responsible for the ruled. A formal complaint has been lodged with the International Criminal Court citing Coalition war crimes in Iraq, specifically the illegal invasion of a remote, non-threatening country and horrendous post-invasion Iraq civilian deaths in that Coalition-occupied land.
Silence kills. Silence is complicity. Please inform everyone. Save the children.

Dr Gideon Polya
Melbourne, Victoria, 3085, Australia 

Editor: Dr Polya has dealt in detail with the Muslim holocaust, which he calls avoidable “excess mortality”. According to him, 550 million Muslims died unnecessarily out of 1300 million such deaths around the world during 1950-2004 - see his paper in the latest issue of the Muslim & Arab Perspecives (published by the publishers of the Milli Gazette).

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