“The estimates of those killed run into the tens of thousands. The number of wounded two or three times the number who lost their lives. Even President Bush, estimating recently that 30,000 civilians may have been killed, acknowledged that was no more than an abstraction from unofficial calculations, not a Pentagon count.”
John F Burns writing in the NEW York Times 12/26/2005
Now I guess we can see why President W is pushing his No Child Left Behind education agenda.
Even the estimates of those killed in Iraq are getting too high for the Pentagon to officially calculate. How can they do accurate kill ratios for dollars expended if they can’t handle the counting.
Here are some other sources of deaths calculated by people outside W’s inner circle.
http://www.iraqbodycount.net/ lists REPORTED Iraqi deaths at 27,592 to 31,115
The British Journal Lancet last year estimated the actual count closer to 100,000.
Coalition death count is listed below:
“There have been 2,363 coalition deaths, 2,164 Americans, one Australian, 98 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, two Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, one Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of December 26, 2005, according to a CNN count.“
from CNN War in Iraq
see also http://www.antiwar.com/casualties/