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The killing of doctors in Iraq must stop

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4467

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The killing of doctors in Iraq must stop

I read with interest what Nisreen wrote about the killings of Doctors
in Iraq.

The killing of Iraqi doctors and scientists started soon after the US
-British led invasion against Iraq to disarm the country from the "non-
existing" weapons of massive destruction. The process and the violence
followed ended in the death of almost 1 million civilians and the
migration of about 5 millions. "Democracy" was spread in Iraq so it should
be alright!!!

I would argue the statement that: "we do not know who is responsible
for the killings"? Few words come to mind when such question is asked:
what about the invasion and the subsequent decisions made by the invaders
including resolving the police force and the army who were in charge of

Also we should ask ourselves who are the people that are replacing
the assassinated ones? Is it possible that all this is a process of ethnic
cleansing or cleansing of "true" Iraqis?

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 July 2011
Waseem Jerjes
UCL Medical School