Here is a decent article by Ewen MacAskill reporting on a plan by Jeremy Corbyn to apologize to the Iraqi and British people over the Iraq war if he becomes Labour leader next month.
Unfortunately, the article also provides a perfect example of the shoddy practice, discussed just a few weeks ago on the blog, of blurring the distinction between combatants and civilians.
The Iraq Body Count project puts the civilian death toll at 219,000 since the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, though others put it much higher. The number of British personnel killed in the war was 179 and the US 4,425. (Note: the quote is of MacAskill, not Corbyn.)
Dear Readers, please google “Iraq Body Count” and look in the upper left-hand corner. You will find this:
In short, MacAskill presents the IBC number for civilians plus combatants as a civilians-only number.
As a side point, notice that IBC’s civilian range is for documented civilian deaths so the true number is surely higher, as the above quote implies. Still, there is no actual measurement of violent deaths of civilians only that comes out higher than the IBC number. The higher estimates are always of civilians plus combatants.