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More evidence that Sunsara Taylor is right, Bill O'Reilly is wrong

Reported by Chrish - April 6, 2007 -

On March 20th Sunsara Taylor (worldcantwait.org) appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and passionately pounded him with facts about the Bush administration policies, practices, and the consequences of same.

From my previous post:

"She and O'Reilly argued the number of Iraqis dead, he citing the UN figure of 59,000 and she using the 600,000 figure from The Lancet ("considered to be one of the 'core' general medical journals, the others being the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the British Medical Journal. The Lancet's impact factor is currently ranked #3 among general medical journals." from Wikipedia.) O'Reilly scoffed and dismissed it as "far left," his answer to anything that proves him wrong. Taylor could have backed up her figure with the October 2006 confirmation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which says

Updated Iraq Survey Affirms Earlier Mortality Estimates
Mortality Trends Comparable to Estimates by Those Using Other Counting Methods

As many as 654,965 more Iraqis may have died since hostilities began in Iraq in March 2003 than would have been expected under pre-war conditions, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. The deaths from all causes—violent and non-violent—are over and above the estimated 143,000 deaths per year that occurred from all causes prior to the March 2003 invasion."

Recently, the Independent reported that documents released as a result of a FOI request show that Britain's Ministry of Defence's chief scientific adviser said the survey's methods were "close to best practice" and the study design was "robust".

British government officials have backed the methods used by scientists who concluded that more than 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the invasion, the BBC reported yesterday.

The study, conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, estimated that 655,000 more Iraqis had died since March 2003 than one would expect without the war. The study estimated that 601,027 of those deaths were from violence.

The researchers, reflecting the inherent uncertainties in such extrapolations, said they were 95 per cent certain that the real number of deaths lay somewhere between 392,979 and 942,636.

The conclusion, based on interviews and not a body count, was disputed by some experts, and rejected by the US and British governments. But the chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, Roy Anderson, described the methods used in the study as "robust" and "close to best practice". Another official said it was "a tried and tested way of measuring mortality in conflict zones".

These numbers are being buried by the mainstream media in both the US and Great Britain. Administration lackeys like Bill O'Reilly dutifully repeat the lower UN figures and haughtily wave away these even more devastating numbers. His angry dismissal of Taylor and his subsequent dishonest attacks on her show the great lengths he will go to to support this administration and this war.