6,142. 10/15/2004

“Frequently it will be said that 500,000 or 600,000 died [in Iraq] between 2003 and 2009. …The origins of this figure lie in the report of the leading medical journal Lancet published in October 2004 which purported to be a scientific analysis of deaths in Iraq. The figure they gave–600,000–led the news and became dominant, repeated as fact. Later the methodology on which this report was based was extremely challenged; its figures charged with being inaccurate and misleading; and the assessment made comprehensively questioned by other publications. This got practically zero publicity.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Tony Blair, A Journey, Page 379

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