Monday, July 19, 2004

Mass Graves Inflation

One unjust death is one too many.  It matters not whether Saddam Hussein was responsible for the death of one hundred or one million, he should never have received the support of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
That said, neither our government nor that of the British should lie in order to take us to war.  Today it appears that we have been lied to about Saddam's mass graves:
Downing Street has admitted to The Observer that repeated claims by Tony Blair that '400,000 bodies had been found in Iraqi mass graves' is untrue, and only about 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered.


At the heart of the questions are the numbers so far identified in Iraq's graves. Of 270 suspected grave sites identified in the last year, 55 have now been examined, revealing, according to the best estimates that The Observer has been able to obtain, around 5,000 bodies.
Forensic examination of grave sites has been hampered by lack of security in Iraq, amid widespread complaints by human rights organisations that until recently the graves have not been secured and protected.

While some sites have contained hundreds of bodies - including a series around the town of Hilla and another near the Saudi border - others have contained no more than a dozen.

Personally, I'm disgusted by a president who wails about mass graves in Iraq while creating them in Afghanistan

Thanks to Robert for the tip.