"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Thursday, September 08, 2005

100,000 does not include Fallujah

It has not be discredited, but it has been widely criticised. Go figure.

Dear Mary Dejevsky (The Independent),

I was quite concerned to read your explanation of the way you chose to report the death toll in Iraq as reported in the Lancet to the Media Lens editors.

Why should there be a difference in reporting the death toll in the Congo and that in Iraq? Should a truly independent media be swayed by archaic obstructions like patriotism, loyalty to power or fear of rocking the corporate boat that keeps newspapers like the Independent afloat.

Why is it that the same method conducted by the same people, in the same way can be treated in such different manners? It is because we are, in the case of Iraq, directly responsible for those deaths?

The simple question is, does the denial of probably over 100,000 needless deaths make sleeping easier or harder, from a lay perspective?

Yours sincerely,

Understand more: Burying the Lancet - Medialens