The following succinct letter is being sent to media world wide on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the US alliance invasion of Iraq
It is the 7th anniversary of the illegal and war criminal invasion of Iraq by US, UK and Australian forces on 20 March 2003. What has been the human cost?
As of 20 March 2010 post-invasion violent deaths in Occupied Iraq total 1.4 million (according to the eminent US Just Foreign Policy).
Post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.8 million and post-invasion non-violent excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) total 1.1 million (based on 2006 revision data from the UN Population Division), this being identical to an independent estimate from under-5 infant deaths.
Gulf War violent deaths totalled 0.2 million and excess deaths and under- 5 infant deaths under Sanctions (1990-2003) totalled 1.7 million and 1.2 million, respectively.
In the period 1990-2010 Iraqi violent deaths totalled 1.6 million, non-violent excess deaths from deprivation totalled 2.8 million, under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention) totalled 2.0 million and refugees totalled 5-6 million.
This is an Iraqi Holocaust and an Iraqi Genocide as per Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention (cf WW2 Jewish Holocaust, 5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation).
Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne, Victoria 3085, Australia
for further details see:
Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide
Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide
* Dr Gideon Polya has recently published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”
(G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ )
see also his contribution:
“Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality”
in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007)