Iraq government quashes data on civilian deaths

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  1. poncho

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    A day after the United Nations criticized the Iraqi government for withholding periodically-reported data on the number of civilian deaths in the country, a top human rights group suggested the move was linked to political calculations in the United States.

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    The Human Rights Watch researcher also worried that the Iraqi government's next move could be to further cover up the scale of violence in Iraq.

    "Unlike the US, Iraq has not refused to look at the facts, but now they're keeping it secret, and I wouldn't be surprised if their next step is to stop keeping records at all," Whitson warned.


    In related news, the McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers reported yesterday that the Bush administration is no longer counting deaths from car bombings in its civilian fatality estimates.


    "Car bombs and other explosive devices have killed thousands of Iraqis in the past three years, but the administration doesn't include them in the casualty counts it has been citing as evidence that the surge of additional U.S. forces is beginning to defuse tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims," wrote the news service's Nancy Youssef. "President Bush explained why in a television interview on Tuesday. 'If the standard of success is no car bombings or suicide bombings, we have just handed those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory,' he told TV interviewer Charlie Rose."

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    The Government must accept that despite shortcomings due to the difficulties faced by a small team of volunteer doctors collecting data in a war zone, the Lancet report is the most comprehensive study of Iraqi civilian deaths since 2003 currently available. If it is to rebuff its findings, the Government must honour its own obligations by undertaking a large-scale survey of civilian casualties.

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    Government response: NOT GONNA HAPPEN! (and three trillion dollars are still missing from the Pentagon and no one in the MSM is reporting on it)
     
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    Long on supposition and suspicion, short on facts.
     
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    The only fact that really matters is that the same people who attempt to "rebuff" the Lancet report's figures by various means are busy trying to hide the mortality rates in Iraq instead of "undertaking a large-scale survey of civilian casualties".

    And Donald Rumsfeld admitted that 2.3 trillion dollars were missing from the Pentagon. The MSM shows little or no interest in reporting it. That's three facts.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.shtml

    WHAT HAPPENED TO $1 TRILLION?
    Four facts?
     
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    Is all that one subject?

    I don't remember your source dealing factually with any subject or mentioning most of those you bring up at all.
     
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