In an important article at AlterNet today, “1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War — And Why We Let Them”, John Tirman, the executive director of MIT’s Center for International Studies, writes:
"It’s very rare to hear anything approximating the likely death toll [of Iraqis who died unnecessarily after the 2003 U.S. invasion] which is well into the hundreds of thousands, possibly more than one million. It‘s a textbook case of how opinion gatekeepers reinforce each other’s caution. Because the number of civilians killed in a U.S. war is so morally fraught, the news media, academics and political leaders tend to gravitate toward the figure (if mentioned at all) that is least disturbing."