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UN estimates on avoidable deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan

As of April 2006, how many people have died AVOIDABLY in post-invasion Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan? Mainstream Media will simply NOT report the post-invasion Iraqi and Afghan avoidable mortality (excess mortality) that now totals 2.3 million.

Below are the LATEST assessments deriving from Web-accessible, authoritative UN and UNICEF reports but which are NOT REPORTED by racist, lying, holocaust-denying Mainstream Media.

Whether a child is killed VIOLENTLY (by bombs or bullets) on NON-VIOLENTLY (through deprivation and malnourishment-exacerbated disease) the end result is the same and the culpability the same; further, the Ruler is responsible for the Ruled, notably in war-time as set out in the Geneva Conventions .

According to the LATEST, Web-accessible UN Population Division data and UNICEF data , the "under-5 infant deaths per 1,000 births" in oil-rich Iraq versus its impoverished neighbour Syria were 200 vs 170 (1953), 50 vs 44 (1990) and 125 vs 16 (SIXTEEN) (2004) i.e. infant mortality decreased enormously under the dictator Saddam Hussein but increased hugely after 1990 due to Western intervention.

According to the latest UNICEF report (2006), in 2004 the under-5 infant mortality was 122,000 in Occupied Iraq, 359,000 in Occupied Afghanistan and 1,000 in the occupying country Australia (noting that in 2004 the populations of these countries were 28.1 million, 28.6 million and 19.9 million, respectively).

About 1,300 under-5 year old infants die in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan EVERY DAY and 0.5 million die ANNUALLY (about 90% AVOIDABLY) due to non-provision by the US-led Coalition of life-preserving requisites demanded by the Geneva Conventions.

Using the latest UN Population Division data (2004 revision) it is possible to calculate "avoidable mortality" ("excess mortality"), which is the difference between the ACTUAL deaths in a country in a given period and the deaths EXPECTED for a peaceful, decently-run country with the same demographics.

The post-invasion avoidable mortality now (April 2006) totals about 0.5 million (Occupied Iraq) and 1.8 million (Occupied Afghanistan); the post-invasion under-5 infant mortality totals 0.4 million (Occupied Iraq) and 1.4 million (Occupied Afghanistan) (see MWC News).

The post-1990 avoidable mortality and under-5 infant mortality in Iraq now total 2.2 million and 1.6 million, respectively, due to Coalition-imposed Sanctions, war and occupation (see MWC News).

Post-invasion avoidable deaths due to the Coalition now total 2.7 million, comprising 0.5 million (Occupied Iraq), 1.8 million (Occupied Afghanistan) and 0.4 million (post-2001 opioid drug-related deaths due to Coalition restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry) and the cost to the US is estimated at US$1-2 TRILLION (see MWC News ).

According to "Layperson´s guide to counting Iraq deaths" (see MWC News), (a) 'under-5 infant mortality' in 'bad outcome' Third World countries is numerically about 0.7 of the '"avoidable mortality" and (b) under-5 infant mortality data for Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan and other Third World countries is regularly up-dated and reported by UNICEF (the awful truth is only a click away).

A detailed, formal complaint has been sent to the International Criminal Court charging the Coalition with war crimes in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush, Blair, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Dr Rice (DR DEATH) and their Coalition confreres should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court (see Countercurrents, 21 December 2005 ).

Those who IGNORE, DENY or SUPPORT man-made mass mortality of ANY PEOPLE (let alone UTTERLY INNOCENT INFANTS) are utterly beyond the Pale and "proto-Nazi". Unlike Nazi Germany, the UK, the US and its Coalition partners such as Racist White Australia are all democracies - and their complicit, citizens variously IGNORE, DENY or SUPPORT Coalition racist violence that is killing 0.5 MILLION MUSLIM INFANTS EVERY YEAR.

Faced with the realities of the Jewish Holocaust, in 1945 ordinary Germans claimed that "We didnít know". By deliberately IGNORING the horrendous mass mortality in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories, Mainstream Media are providing the same excuse for Coalition citizens and are guilty of lying by omission, holocaust denial and complicity in the continuing crimes of UK-US state terrorism and UK-US "democratic imperialism" (democratic tyranny, democratic Nazism).

In relation to the continuing Coalition carnage, DECENT PEOPLE around the world are OBLIGED to (a) ESCHEW racist, holocaust-denying Mainstream Media, (b) INFORM everyone of the continuing catastrophe and (c) AVOID (where possible) any personal or business dealings with those complicit in Coalition war crimes through ethical exercise of "free market choice". Would you buy soap made in Auschwitz?

Yours sincerely,

Dr Gideon Polya
Melbourne, Australia

Credentials: Dr Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003), and is currently editing a completed book on global avoidable mortality (numerous articles on this matter can be found by a simple Google search for "Gideon Polya", on his website and at global avoidable mortality blogspot).


Posted 10th May 2006

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