THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
August 3, 2015
MintPress News Desk

Do The Math: Global War On Terror Has Killed 4 Million Muslims Or More

A recent study suggests the "War on Terror" has had two million victims, but reporter Nafeez Ahmed claims this may be only a fraction of the total dead from Western wars.

WASHINGTON -- A study released earlier this year revealed the shocking death toll of the United States's "War on Terror" since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the true body count could be even higher.

Published in March by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the study, conducted by a team that included some Nobel Prize winners, determined that at least 1.3 million people have died as a result of war since Sept.11, 2001, but the real figure might be as high as two million. The study was an attempt to "close the gaps" in existing research, including studies like the Iraq Body Count," which puts the number of violent deaths in that country at about 219,000 since 2003, based on media reports of the time period.

Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed, writing in April for Middle East Eye, explained some of the ways the previous figures fell short, according to the physicians' research: "For instance, although 40,000 corpses had been buried in Najaf since the launch of the war, IBC [Iraq Body Count] recorded only 1,354 deaths in Najaf for the same period. That example shows how wide the gap is between IBC's Najaf figure and the actual death toll - in this case, by a factor of over 30.

Such gaps are replete throughout IBC's database. In another instance, IBC recorded just three airstrikes in a period in 2005, when the number of air attacks had in fact increased from 25 to 120 that year. Again, the gap here is by a factor of 40." . . .

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"US Caused More Deaths in Iraq Than Saddam," Agence France Presse, June 25, 2005

"Bush: God told me to invade Iraq," independent.co.uk, October 7, 2005

James A. Lucas, "Deaths In Other Nations Since WW II Due To US Interventions," countercurrents.org, April 24, 2007

[This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.--"Body Count," Physicians for Social Responsibility, March 2015]

VIDEO: Mnar Muhawesh, "Nearly 8 Million Muslim Casualties In US-Led War On Terror," RT.com, August 27, 2015

VIDEO: Ben Swann, "Ted Cruz said the Middle East was better off with Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi in power," CBS46, December 15, 2015

[In Bengal at least 5 million died in 1943 alone, 5.5 million in 1876-78, 5 million in 1896-97--Andre Vltchek, "How the West Creates Terrorism," counterpunch.org, January 22, 2016]

Rebecca Gordon, "Bush and Cheney Belong in Jail: America Must Answer for Its Illegal War on Terror," alternet.org, June 9, 2016

Doug Bandow, "Declaring War on 'Islamist Extremism' Is Nonsense," nationalinterest.org, June 20, 2016

[It would be difficult to find a section that is by definition more hypocritical as many would certainly consider Washington the leading practitioner of state sponsored terror with its claimed authority to go after militant targets anywhere at any time.--Philip Giraldi, "Some Perspectives on the War on Terror," unz.com, Deember 20, 2016]

John W. Dower, "An American Century of Carnage," commondreams.org, March 28, 2017

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