I started contributing articles to Media Monitors Network (MMN) in 2004. In an article in October 2004 entitled “Huge Iraqi civilian deaths –” democratic imperialism kills” (Click here to read the article.) I gave estimates of post-invasion deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, QUOTE:
“According to UNICEF (UNICEF Website, 2004), in 2001 the total under-5 infant mortality was 1,000 in Coalition country Australia (population 20 million), 109,000 in Iraq (population about 24 million) and 277,000 in Afghanistan (population 22 million). In 2002 (after the US-led invasion and consolidation in Afghanistan in 2001), the under-5 infant mortality was 1,000 in Australia, 108,000 in Iraq and 283,000 in conquered Afghanistan…
On the basis that massive US invasion and conquest does not improve mortality statistics in the short term, we can CONSERVATIVELY calculate from UNICEF data that the post-invasion under-5 infant mortality has been 0.9 million in Afghanistan and about 0.2 million in Iraq…
The Ruler is responsible for the Ruled, and thus the US and its allies are clearly responsible for this horrendous 1.1 million post-invasion under-5 infant mortality in US-conquered Iraq and Afghanistan.”
In subsequent articles, I bitterly railed at the failure of Mainstream media to report the carnage in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories. It is now 4 years after the illegal US, UK and Australian invasion of Iraq. Mainstream media is still ignoring the carnage and post-invasion Iraqi excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) have now reached 1.0 million.
In 1945, ordinary Germans said that “they didn’t know” that the Jewish Holocaust was happening. The same excuse cannot be used by the citizens of the US Alliance, notwithstanding the continuing lying by commission and omission of racist, holocaust-ignoring Mainstream media –” the awful truth is only several mouse clicks away. Below is a detailed summary of the carnage in Iraq sent to Mainstream media on the occasion of the Fourth Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq –” they will IGNORE the carnage but they cannot say that “they didn’t know."
Four years after the illegal US-UK-Australian invasion of Iraq, how many Iraqis have died post-invasion?
Post-invasion Occupied Iraqi excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) now total ONE MILLION as of March 2007, after 4 years of war and as estimated from data from the top US medical epidemiology group in the World’s top Public Health School (the Nobel Laureate-containing Bloomberg School of Public Health) at the top US Johns Hopkins University, published peer-reviewed in the top UK medical journal The Lancet and endorsed by 27 top Australian medical experts. [1-3]
Consonant with post-invasion excess deaths in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories totalling 1.0 million and 2.4 million, respectively, the post-invasion under-5 year old infant deaths total 0.5 million and 1.9 million, respectively; the number of refugees total 3.8 million and 3.8 million, respectively; and, according to WHO, the annual per capita medical expenditures permitted by the Occupiers are $64 and $23, respectively, as compared to $2,874 (Australia), $2,389 (UK) and $5,711 (US). [4-10]
The accrual cost (i.e. the long-term committed cost) of the Bush Iraq and Afghan Wars is now $2.5 TRILLION, this estimate coming from 2001 Economics Nobel Laureate and former Chief Economist of the World Bank US Professor Stiglitz (Columbia) and Professor Linda Bilmes (Harvard), who also estimate a cost of $6.5 million for each US soldier killed. Assuming the “all men are created equal” this leads to a Reparations Bill of $ 6.5 million x 3.4 million = $22 trillion. [11 -12]
These horrendous outcomes indicate gross violation by the US Alliance of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (notably Articles 38, 55 and 56), UN Genocide Convention (specifically Article 2) as well as of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Rights of the Child Convention. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. We are inescapably obliged to inform everyone about horrendous abuses of humanity. [13-16]