Last month, a ComRes poll supported by Media Lens interviewed 2,021 British adults, asking:
‘How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?’
An astonishing 44 per cent of respondents estimated that less than 5,000 Iraqis had died since 2003. Fifty-nine per cent believed that fewer than 10,000 had died. Just 2 per cent put the toll in excess of one million, the likely correct estimate.
In October 2006, just three years into the war, the Lancet medical journal reported ‘about 655,000 Iraqis have died above the number that would be expected in a non-conflict situation, which is equivalent to about 2.5% of the population in the study area’.
To read more about the recent poll, go to the Media Lens website, here.
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Pluto’s own Design Manager, Melanie Patrick, created the below infographic to support the article (linked to above). It’s a brilliant visual representation of the enduring ignorance surrounding the true cost of life from the Iraq War.
David Edwards and David Cromwell
Exposé of pro-establishment bias in the news, including the so-called liberal media.
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