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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