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More on the Iraq Figures

The US death rate is 8 per 1,000 population (see here).  The UK is 10 per 1,000.  According to the study, Iraq’s post-invasion death rate is 13.2 per 1,000.  A whole host of countries have death rates way higher than that – see here.  Now a lot of this is to do with age of population, but given that the death rate of, say, Cameroon, which has a similar birth rate to Iraq is also around 13, this suggests that the humanitarian crisis in Iraq is no worse than that of many other countries.  Different in character, certainly, but it suggests that the epidemic of violence in Iraq is less debilitating to that country than the AIDS epidemic is to Botswana, for instance.

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