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Den skarpskodde kommentatoren Oliver Kamm har gått Iraq Body Count (IBC) etter i sømmene. IBC har etablert «en uavhengig database» med tall på sivile drepte i Irak-krigen, basert på tall som er fremkommet i mediene. De opererer med maksimums- og minimumstall der hvor tallene er usikre. I utgangspunktet et prisverdig tiltak, men metodene holder ikke mål, ifølge Oliver Kamm. IBCs tall har vært mye sitert i mediene, også i Norge. Kamm kaller IBC-folkene propagandister.

«The Iraq Body Count comprises not researchers with relevant professional or academic training, but a group of music enthusiasts with shared political prejudices. As well as – by their own account – adopting Herold’s methods, they have failed to dispel the fundamental flaw in his approach. They claim to have cited ‘multiple and independent sources’, but have in practice relied on just one, which is far from independent.»

«The point about Marc Herold and the Iraq Body Count is not that they have political views, but that they have only political views. They are not ‘independent researchers’, but propagandists. They are not even peace activists: they are mouthpieces for, respectively, Islamist and Baathist tyrannies. Their output should be judged in that light.»