Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)
I am showing prominently a copy of the Just Foreign Policy estimate of the the number of extra Iraq’s that have died since 2003 (relative to the pre-2003 mortality rates), based on the John Hopkins study published in The Lancet. [N.B. Though it says ‘U.S. invasion’, it should say Anglo-U.S invasion. Although militarily speaking we Brits played a minor roll, we played an essential political roll, have never apologised or expressed any regret for our actions, and must take full joint responsibility for what has happened.] The researchers estimated that 31% of the mortality was directly due to Coalition Forces, and Chris Hedges’ report in the Nation last year gives some insight into this. These figures aren’t accepted by everyone but they can’t be dismissed too lightly either–see the Media Lens’s excellent explanation of why their dismissal is wishful thinking and the researcher’s recent defence of the study.