I’m going to find something to eat, but meanwhile, go to Unfogged’s thread about the new Lancet study and read comments 67-74, which concern Iraq’s actual death rate. Tassled Loafered Leech expressed skepticism about the baseline pre-war death rate in Iraq, 5.5, on the grounds that it was lower than the Western average as well as the world average. I gave examples from the rest of the Arab world showing that 5.5 was actually above the regional average in comment 73.
If anyone is interested, here or on Unfogged, I can explain why exactly Arab states hog the bottom of the international death rate rankings.
On that note, I yield the floor.