A 97-page report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning doctors’ group Physicians for Social Responsibility, published in March 2015 is the first to tally up the total number of civilian casualties from US-led counter-terrorism interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan for the decade beginning September 2001. The report estimates that the total deaths could exceed 2 million, and are not less than 1 million.
The PSR report is authored by an interdisciplinary team of leading public health experts, including Dr. Robert Gould, director of health professional outreach and education at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and Professor Tim Takaro of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Yet it has been almost completely blacked out by the English-language commercially-controlled media, despite being the first effort by a world-leading public health organisation to produce a scientifically robust calculation of the number of people killed by the US-UK-led “War on Terror”.
Body Count Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the “War on Terror” Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan First international edition – Washington DC, Berlin, Ottawa – March 2015 translated from German by Ali Fathollah-Nejad
From the executive summary:
This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.
GMB Note: This is only for the 10 year period beginning in September 2001. What happened before that?
We all know that the attacks on civilians in Afghanistan began to escalate in 1980 with the Brzezinski initiated funding of mujaheddin terrorists in 1979 intended to “bleed Russia”.
Reports suggest that from 1.5 million to more than 2 million war deaths have occurred in Afghanistan since 1978, with an average of 350 combat deaths per month in 1997. This high level of mortality was accompanied by shocking and extensive war crimes and human rights violations. Human Rights Watch says that by 2000 some 1.5 million people had died as a direct result of the conflict and some 2 million people had become permanently disabled.
US attacks on Iraq began in January 1991 with the first Gulf War, followed by crippling economic sanctions.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported in December 1995, that more than one million Iraqis have died-567,000 of them children-as a direct consequence of economic sanctions. UNICEF reports that 4,500 children under the age of 5 are dying each month from hunger and disease. An April 1997 nutritional survey, carried out by UNICEF with the participation of the World Food Program (WFP) and Iraq’s Minister of Health, indicated that in Central/Southern Iraq, 27.5 percent of Iraq’s 3 million children are now at risk of acute malnutrition.
To date, more children have died in Iraq than the combined toll of two atomic bombs on Japan and the ethnic cleansing of former Yugoslavia. The UN’s Department of Humanitarian Affairs reports that Iraq’s public health services are nearing a total breakdown from a lack of basic medicines, life-saving drugs, and essential medical supplies. The lack of clean water-50 percent of all rural people have no access to potable water-and the collapse of waste water treatment facilities in most urban areas are contributing to the rapidly deteriorating state of public health.
From the numbers above, in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, in the three decades between 1980 and 2010, US foreign policy has been responsible for about 5-6 million Muslim deaths and the complete destruction of two countries. These numbers represent about 10% of the pre 1980 Afghani population and in the region of 6% of the pre 1990 Iraqi population. Libya, Syria and Yemen are now in chaos.
As a yardstick, about 10% of the German population and 14% of the Russian population perished during WW2. The US and the UK lost 0.94 and 0.32 respectively. (Wikipedia)
Words like “Genocide”, Sociocide”, “Holocaust” would seem to be appropriate to describe the horrors inflicted by US foreign policy on Muslims.
However it is inconceivable that the US media would ever accuse the USGovt of such obscenities. It is also inconceivable that Americans would believe that their fellow citizens would accede to and carry out atrocities. Such is the power of the US media.
When Britons were asked “how many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?,” 44 percent of respondents estimated that 5,000 or fewer deaths had occurred.
And polls done in the United States have offered similar conclusions. A Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) poll (3/1/06-3/6/06) that asked how many Iraqi civilians had been killed since the beginning of the war yielded a median estimate of 5,000 deaths.
And when respondents were asked in a different poll (AP/Ipsos, 2/12/07-2/15/07) to give their “best guess” about civilian deaths, 24 percent chose the option of 1,001 to 5,000 deaths.
The Jewish, pro-Israel, PNAC neo-con intellectuals, American oil men, and the American war machine, have emerged victorious.
Israel’s enemies are being killed and their civilizations destroyed by Americans with American treasure, and with Muslim and American blood.
The American war machine is now engaged in a perpetual war against Muslims; and (supposedly) the large Middle Eastern oil fields will become available to US oil companies.
The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy. It was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997, and founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. The PNAC’s stated goal was “to promote American global leadership”. The organization stated that “American leadership is good both for America and for the world,” and sought to build support for “a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity”.
Of the twenty-five people who signed the PNAC’s founding statement of principles, ten went on to serve in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. Observers such as Irwin Stelzer and Dave Grondin have suggested that the PNAC played a key role in shaping the foreign policy of the Bush Administration, particularly in building support for the Iraq War.….