From the work done by teams from Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Al-Mustansiriya (of Baghdad) Universities comes the latest estimates on Iraqi deaths since the US led invasion of that country in March 2003. Fortunately, despite what General Tommy Franks stated at the start of the liberation of Iraq, i.e., "We don't count bodies," someone does. And the latest count, as published in Britain's Lancet Medical Journal, is pretty damn grim. It puts estimates of deaths as high as 250,000.
It could be argued that after more than three years and at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, Bush's goal of bringing freedom to Iraqis has thus far succeeded in truly liberating only 1/4 of a million Iraqis. Those would be the "fortunate" dead ones who no longer have to confront the daily degradations and miseries heaped upon the unfortunate survivors of Bush's liberation.
But if one studies this chart, it becomes apparent Bush may be stumbling upon a serendipitous result of major proportions. One which may be of extreme interest to the National Institute of Health. If one compares the pre-war/post-war charts, it immediately becomes evident we may be on to something of ery great significance indeed.
Pre-war deaths by heart attack, stroke, other chronic diseases such as diabetes, deaths of the elderly such as dimentia and failing health (formerly considered "natural causes") and infant and neonatal deaths are all down sharply since the US war began, i.e., we may be on the verge of eliminating most diseases in Iraq responsible for premature and natural caused deaths!
Of course, these are just very preliminary findings. An extension of the study certainly seems warranted, but it just could be we may have the ability to reduce, totally, unwanted deaths as the result of health problems among the populace. And the answer could lie in one modest process: all the US simply need all is nuke the whole fuckin' country! How easy is that? Not only would Iraq become the most liberated nation in history, but with no more deaths from disease, they'd be the healthiest on earth as well. What a historical testament that would be to Bush, his psychotic co-conspirators and their talibangelistic supporters!