THE BLOG
01/10/2008 03:31 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Uh, Just Asking

Does it matter to the pols running for prez? Does it matter to the
people voting for the pols. Let's see whether the href="http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2008/01/B8ED0DBA-62A6-4782-866E-6DD5317B5163.html"
>latest
estimate of the civilian death toll in Iraq makes
the agenda.

Doubtful. Why should it? It's old news. It's all about the first
three years of the war. We're well past that. We're going on ... what?
... five years?

Besides, the number of the dead -- 151,000 between 2003 and 2006,
according to the World Health Organization -- doesn't even come close
to the >655,000 estimated earlier by
researchers from Johns Hopkins.

Yes, the numbers are all over the lot, depending on the source and
methodology. Here's a count of href="http://www.iraqbodycount.org/database/">documented
deaths based on actual reports, not on estimates.
As of today, it's only 80,419 to 87,834. Ahhh ... href="http://www.artsjournal.com/herman/archives/2007/10/are_we_still_co.html">whatever.