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From WashingtonPost.com :

Bush Estimates Iraqi Death Toll in War at 30,000
By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 13, 2005; Page A19

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 -- President Bush estimated Monday that 30,000 Iraqis have died in the war since U.S.-led forces invaded in March 2003, but he offered no second thoughts about ordering the attack and said the threat of terrorism against the United States has subsided as a result.

"Knowing what I know today, I'd make the decision again," Bush told a questioner after a speech here. "Removing Saddam Hussein makes this world a better place and America a safer country."

...The Iraqi death toll has been the subject of considerable debate. A group of British researchers and antiwar activists called Iraq Body Count estimates civilian casualties between 27,383 and 30,892, not counting Iraqi troops or insurgents, by tabulating incidents reported in media and human rights reports. Iraqi authorities have said that roughly 800 people die a month in violence there, a rate that if typical over the course of the conflict would come to 25,600.

An epidemiological study published in the British journal the Lancet last year estimated 100,000 deaths in the first 18 months since the invasion based on door-to-door interviews in selected neighborhoods extrapolated across the country, an estimate that other experts and human rights groups considered inflated.

...Some of the five questions Bush later took from the audience also challenged his assertions. Faeze Woodville, 44, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iran and now living in nearby Strafford, Pa., asked why he keeps linking the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to the Iraq war despite no evidence of a direct connection. The president said "9/11 changed my look on foreign policy" and he learned "that if we see a threat we've got to deal with it."

Woodville said in an interview afterward that she felt Bush ducked her question. "He must think we're morons," she said. "There is no link, and he knows it as well as I. And I and others in the audience are insulted that he thinks we don't read, don't think, don't have any opinions."

From HoustonChronicle.com :

Dec. 12, 2005, 10:26PM

Bush rejects fears of civil war in Iraq
Still, he acknowledges 30,000 Iraqis have died and more work lies ahead
By JULIE MASON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

PHILADELPHIA - President Bush on Monday acknowledged that some 30,000 Iraqis had died in the invasion and its aftermath, but he rejected concerns that continued instability in the country would lead to civil war.

..."I mean, there was a serious international effort to say to Saddam Hussein, 'You're a threat,' " Bush said in response to a question.

"And the 9/11 attacks extenuated that threat, as far as I was concerned."

12.13.05

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