Iraq’s death toll in historical perspective

[warning: the following is fairly macabre]

I’m trying to get my head round the death toll in Iraq. I don’t know what the latest estimates are (some past ones are collected [here](, but it’s clear that we’re well over the 100,000 that the Lancet [guessed]( back in October 2004. Compare that to [this collection of 20th century death tolls]( , and you’ll see Iraq is in the running as a serious catastrophe on historical scales. It’s caused more than [these wars and atrocities]( (e.g. the Boxer rebellion), and is comihng close to [some of these]( (e.g. the Lebanese Civil War). Worse, it feels like we’re only getting started.

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