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11 October 2006 @ 07:37 pm
Morbid fun with math  
It looks worse the closer we look.

According to a Johns Hopkins survey, the Iraqi death toll is likely to exceed 600,000 since we invaded in 2003 (95% confidence in the 426,269-793,663 range). Doing some quick arithmatic, this puts the estimate at 470 per day.

Human Rights Watch estimated that Saddam Hussein's regime killed 250,000 to 290,000 people over 20 years. The median of that range works out to 36 per day.

Wikipedia claims Vietnam war death tolls of "2-4,000,000 Civilian dead", "230,000 South Vietnamese dead", and "1,100,000 North Vietnameseand NLF dead". Assuming 3,000,000 for the civilian count, that gives us 4,330,000 from 1959 to 1975. Treating that as 16 years for convenince, that works out to 741 a day.