And there’s the rub: war devastates these places, but to us they are remote and largely forgettable.
The amount of public attention to Afghanistan and Iraq has declined steadily.
Conventional wisdom in American politics focuses only on American costs in the war in Iraq: the casualties to U. soldiers, the financial costs, and sometimes the strategic costs.
So their estimates are a fraction of the total caused by the war.
In 2008, the peer-reviewed journal, , published "Iraq War Mortality Estimates: A Systematic Review," and found that the household survey method was superior to other forms of counting.
Number of Iraqis who died of violence 2003-2011: 150,000 to 400,000. Iraqi refugees displaced by the American war to Syria: 1 million Internally displaced [pdf] persons in Iraq: 1.3 million Proportion of displaced persons who have returned home since 2008: 1/8 Rank of Iraq on Corruption Index among 182 countries: 175 COMMENT: From the Canadian International Council website, John Tirman, wrote (Dec.
16, 2011): War has a powerful impact on those who have lived through one, bending every calculation, every thought, every action to the possible consequences of violence, deprivation, displacement and the other ravages of conflict.
Birth defects in Fallujah, Iraq, rise markedly, says a 2011 medical study. troops from Iraq has spurred little new information on the scale of destruction in the 8 year, 8 month war.
Fallujah, the largest city in Anbar province, was the scene of two enormous battles between US forces and "insurgents." Metal contamination: "Within less than a decade, the occurrence of congenital birth defects increased by an astonishing 17-fold in the same hospital." Medical study, 2012. Professor Juan Cole had this to say: The American public still for the most part has no idea what the United States did to that country, and until we Americans take responsibility for the harm we do others with our perpetual wars, we can never recover from our war sickness, which drives us to resort to violence in international affairs in a way no other democracy routinely does. Number of Iraqis killed in attacks in November 2011: 187 Average monthly civilian deaths in Afghanistan War, first half of 2011: 243 Percentage of Iraqis who lived in slum conditions in 2000: 17 Percentage of Iraqis who live in slum conditions in 2011: 50 Number of the 30 million Iraqis living below the poverty line: 7 million. Number of women, mainly widows, who are primary breadwinners in family: 2 million.One symptom of this indifference is the absence of an adequate accounting of the wars’ destruction, particularly of war mortality. In fact, the numbers of fatalities are significantly higher and need to be studied for their implications.The governments don’t discuss it, and the news media reliably report the lowest conceivable numbers—“tens of thousands” is the usual formulation for Iraq – or the partial numbers collated by the U. In Iraq, some brave attempts to collect and analyze data about war-related mortality have at least given us a sense of the scale of mayhem.The lowest estimate of all the household surveys—a large, randomized sample conducted by the Ministry of Health in the spring of 2006—was 400,000 excess deaths in the 2003-2006 period, and there was still a lot of killing to come.By using data on widows, displaced persons (up to 5 million), and the household surveys, I estimate the number of war-related dead to be at least 600,000 and possibly as much as one million. There is very little on how the war has affected ordinary Iraqis. office gathers data from morgues, the military and news reports, but this “passive surveillance” captures only a fraction of the war dead and cannot explain what is being missed.Another household survey, this one conducted by the Iraq Ministry of Health at the same time as the second Hopkins study, found 400,000 excess deaths, 151,000 by violence.