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CASUALTY FIGURES

If, like me, you're still trying to get to figure out the rights and wrongs of the Iraq death statistics story, Independent columnist (and Blair biographer) John Rentoul offers an even-handed overview (subscriber-only). He believes the real total is likely to be much lower than the 100,000-plus trumpeted by the media:

"[T]here are good reasons for thinking that the true figure is towards the lower end of The Lancet's range [ed: ie 8,000 - 194,000]....

"The Prime Minister and the US President ought to accept some responsibility for the murderous state of the country. Equally, however, their critics ought to accept a moral distinction between casualties inflicted by coalition troops and those inflicted by the insurgents."
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