There have been many discussions about how one would accurately judge "civilian" deaths in the Iraq war as everyone there (save our Armed Forces) are civilians... This article paints the current estimates in a more nefarious light:
"...Anti-Bush billionaire George Soros helped finance a dubious study of Iraqi casualties that was rushed into print on the eve of the 2006 elections, according to a new report.
Soros, who gave more than $20 million to prevent President Bush's re-election, contributed $45,000 of the $145,000 that was spent on the study, the National Journal disclosed.
The study, which The Lancet, a British medical journal, published three weeks before the midterm elections, made major headlines around the world with claims that some 650,000 Iraqis died in the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein and the ensuing chaos.
Two of the study's co-authors told the National Journal that they opposed the war and submitted their findings to Lancet with the insistence that it appear before the election.
Much of the data for the study, which was organized by Johns Hopkins University, was collected by Iraqi researcher Riyadh Lafta, who once worked for Saddam, the National Journal said..." (Read the entire article)
Interesting that Soros, a Hungarian Jew (his family changed their name from Schwartz when the Nazis came into power), is against war. "Soros worked briefly for the Jewish Council, which had been established by the Nazis, to deliver messages to Jewish lawyers being called for deportation. Soros claims he was not aware of the consequence of the messages."(1) Also strange that someone known for "promoting Democracy" in Eastern Europe embraces such Marxist ideologies. No surprise that he's endorsing Barack Obama.
(1) Kaufman, Michael T., Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire, Alfred A. Knopf: 2002, p. 32-33