How Spin Wins

The bombing of Baghdad
The “liberation” of Iraq. Of course, no Iraqis were hurt by these bombs… they’re FREEDOM bombs, not evil car bombs!

I’ve had five separate emails lately, complaining that I’m exaggerating by attributing 655,000 Iraqi deaths to the invasion carried out by the US and UK.

This proves how the big lie our mass-media has been spinning has won. Obviously it’s a “fact” that most of these people were killed in sectarian violence. It’s common sense, isn’t it? After all, every day brings news of yet another hideous bombing.

So what about this report? :

The first scientific study of the human cost of the Iraq war suggests that at least 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives since their country was invaded in March 2003.

More than half of those who died were women and children killed in air strikes, researchers say.
(Source: The Independent)

Hmmm… more than half? Isn’t that the majority killed by us?

And here’s another report:

Coalition troops and Iraqi security forces may be responsible for up to 60% of conflict-related civilian deaths in Iraq – far more than are killed by insurgents, confidential records obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme reveal.
(Source: BBC News)

Hmmm? 60%, eh? That would be the majority of civilian deaths in Iraq.

Of those deaths, 60% – 2,041 civilians – were killed by the coalition and Iraqi security forces. A further 8,542 were wounded by them.
(Source: BBC News)

And that’s just in the official figures kept by the US-installed puppet regime!

Excluding “insurgents.”

Who are insurgents? Why, anyone who dares to oppose the will of Bush and his cronies. These deaths don’t even merit counting. So all those buildings flattened by the US military because they were suspected insurgent safe houses, the people murdered in those buildings aren’t even included in these figures. No trial, no charges, no justice, just summary execution by the US invaders. It’s 60% not including those casualties.

It’s easy to see why people end up in denial of our slaughter in Iraq. After all, our media only shows deaths in Iraq when sectarians cause them. Back at the start of the invasion, well before the current sectarianism, this is what Roland Huguenin, one of six International Red Cross workers in the Iraqi capital, said:

“There has been an incredible number of casualties with very, very serious wounds in the region of Hilla. We saw that a truck was delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children. It was an awful sight. It was really very difficult to believe this was happening.”

Funnily enough, those deaths weren’t on telly. They were collateral damage, part of the glorious liberation. Truckloads of the dismembered corpses of women and children don’t make for good Bush PR. Yet every day, we’re treated to minute details of who’s been killed in the latest car-bombings? Why is our media so interested in these deaths and so dis-interested in the slaughter that we carried out?

Think about it. If terrorists with car bombs can kill tens of people a day in Iraq now, what can the massed might of the US military do with the most advanced weaponry in the world? How can you bomb a country flat and not kill tens of thousands of people? Or are home-made car bombs now more effective killers than air strikes and cluster bombs?

You can believe that the majority of Iraqis killed were as a result of sectarian conflict if you want. The same as you can believe the French Resistance “insurgents” killed more French than the Nazi occupiers. Neither is true and both lies suit similar agendas.