From Silvio Canto:
Check this out Huge Iraqi death estimate sparks controversy:
"Have over 650,000 people, or 2.5% of the population, really died in Iraq as a result of the US-led invasion?
That's the conclusion of a study published in The Lancet this week.
But the number has attracted criticism from other researchers who say the result is a major over-estimate, and may have been published for political reasons."
It goes on:
"With mid-term US elections due next month, Burnham's team is open to the same accusations.
Debarati Guha-Sapir, director of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Brussels, says that Burnham's team have published "inflated" numbers that "discredit" the process of estimating death counts.
"Why are they doing this?" she asks. "It's because of the elections."
By all means drop over there and read. Or follow the link to Nature. The magazine article has some well respected authorities from around the world who do not believe the study is correct and do believe the study has a political intent. People are paying attention here.