The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Wednesday, March 26, 2003


Marc Herold is back in the saddle! Yesterday I was listening to Crazy Commie Radio (Pacifica Radio, KPFA) and was surprised to hear a propaganda bot promote Herold's work with iraqibodycount.net. The announcer then approvingly cited Herold's work with civilian casualty counts in Afghanistan. You may remember Herold's claim that 5,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan, a claim which was subsequently debunked all over the blogosphere. (The true figure is about 1100.)

I had not realized that Herold was associated with iraqibodycount. The Contacts page lists him as a member of the "project team":


MARC HEROLD (Research consultant) is an Associate Professor of Economic Development, International Affairs and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire, USA, where he has taught since 1975. He holds a Master's degree in international business and finance and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California in Berkeley, as well as an engineering degree in electronics from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic University. He has focused his writings upon social and economic changes in the Second and Third Worlds and his current research interests are on Brazil and Afghanistan, including the latter country's post-war situation. In December 2001 he released a widely cited study of the human costs of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting"), updates to which may be found at: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mwherold.


I guess there's no reason for me to be surprised. The Left believes whatever it wants to, and its contact with reality becomes more tenuous every day.


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