In this paper, I present an account of attempts to quantify deaths of Iraqis during the occupation by US and other forces since the invasion of March 2003, and of the reactions to these attempts. This story illuminates many aspects of current socio-political reality, particularly, but by no means exclusively, in the United States. Here, these aspects are selectively discussed in relation to the overarching themes of what the story illuminates about the uses of statistical information in society and about shortcomings in mathematics education.
Brian Greer’s article, which was published in ZDM two days ago, surely has an interesting title: Estimating Iraqi deaths: a case study with implications for mathematics education. The focus of this article is also interesting: