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A new study has revealed that, during the course of the past three years, while the average American and British citizen was nonchalantly dithering over whether or not the invasion of Iraq by their government and military is ultimately a good thing, if Iraqis are "better off" without Saddam, if American and British "freedom and democracy" should be imposed on the Iraqi people, 655,000 Iraqis have been killed as a direct result of the American and British invasion.

Just to put that in perspective: relatively speaking, if the American people had suffered the same death toll, almost 7.5 million American citizens would be dead, and the names of 1.5 million Britons would have been struck from the register, for ever. That makes the illegal invasion of Iraq by the Bush and Blair governments (with strong moral and tactical support from the Zionists) one of the biggest war crimes in recent times and an event which undoubtedly qualifies for an honorable mention in the ignoble roll call of historical acts of genocide against an innocent people.

Numbers shown are in 1000s

Click here for the actual study (pdf)
'Huge rise' in Iraqi death tolls

An estimated 655,000 Iraqis have died since 2003 who might still be alive but for the US-led invasion, according to a survey by a US university.

The research compares mortality rates before and after the invasion from 47 randomly chosen areas in Iraq.

The figure is considerably higher than estimates by official sources or the number of deaths reported in the media. [...]

Dr Gilbert Burnham of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, based in Baltimore, says this method is more reliable, given the dangers of conducting thorough research in strife-torn Iraq.

The estimated death toll is equal to about 2.5% of Iraq's population, and averages out at more than 500 additional deaths a day since the start of the invasion.

Sharp rise

Researchers spoke to nearly 1,850 families, comprising more than 12,800 people in dozens of 40-household clusters around the country.

Of the 629 deaths they recorded among these families, 13% took place in the 14 months before the invasion and 87% in the 40 months afterwards.

Such a trend repeated nationwide would indicate a rise in annual death rates from 5.5 per 1,000 to 13.3 per 1,000.

The researchers say that in nearly 80% of the individual cases, family members produced death certificates to support their answers.
As you are probably aware, the blame for the shocking, almost daily, death tolls in Iraq over the past two years has been laid, by the Bush government, at the door of shadowy "death squads". But who are these people, what is their agenda in murdering their own people, and who controls them? As I wrote previously:

Concerning the sectarian killings in Iraq that the US government and media try hard to attribute to "al-Qaeda":

It has already been exposed that the killings and bombings are the work of "death squads" working out of the Iraqi interior ministry, which itself is entirely controlled by the CIA. Let me reiterate that in every war waged by the US government against a foreign nation, a counter-insurgency operation has immediately been implemented. Counter-insurgency operations are required in such circumstances because when a country is invaded, an insurgency of some form invariably arises to defend the country. Such insurgents are very difficult for an invading army to defeat given the extensive support and collaboration they enjoy from the general population.

Essentially, an invading army finds itself at war with the population of the country they are invading rather than a separate and independent insurgency. Strategies developed over the years to deal with such situations has come to be known as "counter-insurgency", and include attempts to identify divisions within the society, usually religious, political or ethnic, however insignificant, and to then attempt to provoke these divisions. Of course, in the scenario where a country has been invaded by a foreign military force, such internal divisions become almost nonexistent as the population unites to oppose the invaders, as is the case in Iraq. For this reason, counter-insurgency tactics designed to sow discord must be fabricated and generally involve the creation of a fake insurgency by the military intelligence apparatus of the invading force.

This fake insurgency is made up of groups of armed militia who are paid by the invading force to target and murder distinct groups among the population, again, along religious, ethnic or political lines. In the case of Iraq, we see militia 'death squad' attacks on both Sunni and Shia members of the Iraq population which are blamed on the real insurgency or al-Qaeda in Iraq. The hoped-for benefits of such brutal tactics are to demoralise and confuse the real insurgency and the population that supports them, to embroil the real insurgency in an internecine conflict, and, in the specific case of Iraq, to promote the US government's claim that al-Qaeda is still active and poses a deadly threat to civlised societies everywhere. The above scenario is EXACTLY what we are seeing in Iraq with the fake counter-insurgency death squads being controlled, financed and run by the CIA out of the Iraqi interior ministry, or rather, the US government's interior ministry in Iraq. A recent article serves well to prove the assertion that "al-Qaeda" in Iraq is indeed a creation of the US forces that are currently controlling the Iraqi conflict.