Friday, April 15, 2005

The 100,000 dead Iraqis DEBUNKED.

Tom, You were saying something about 100,000 Iraqis dead. Well here's how they came up with that number and how utterly FALSE that number is.

Don't take this to think I want Iraqis dead, well not good guys, they can draw and quarter the terrorists for all I care.

I just get sick of you libs tossing that 100K number around and not knowing how that number came to be and thinking that it's from an actual body count.

Here's a great article on how the "survey" that came up w/ the 100K number was done. Yes that's right they took a survey of 7,868 people and used and equation to come up with the 100K number. The number is not based on an actual body count.

New survey puts number of Iraqi deaths from war at 100,000

The scientists who wrote the report concede that the data they based their projections on were of "limited precision,"

To conduct the survey, investigators visited 33 neighborhoods spread evenly across the country in September, randomly selecting clusters of 30 households to sample. Of the 988 households visited, 808, consisting of 7,868 people, agreed to participate. Each group At each one they asked how many people lived in the home and how many births and deaths there had been since January 2002.

The scientists then compared death rates in the 15 months before the invasion with those that occurred during the 18 months after the attack and adjusted those numbers to account for the different time periods.

The researchers estimated the nationwide death toll due to the conflict by subtracting the preinvasion death rate from the post-invasion death rate and multiplying that number by the estimated population of Iraq -- 24.4 million at the start of the war. Then that number was converted to a total number of deaths by dividing by 1,000 and adjusting for the 18 months since the invasion.

"We estimate that there were 98,000 extra deaths during the postwar period in the 97 percent of Iraq represented by all the clusters except Fallujah," the researchers said in the journal.

Here's Fred Kaplan's take on it. He does a much better job of explaining it.

How many Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the war?