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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2003 年 8 月 05 日 21:59:43:CjMHiEP28ibKM

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イラク米兵死傷者数誤魔化し

読者のコメントには、ゲッベルスの著名な文句の英訳:

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

http://www1.iraqwar.ru/iraq-read_article.php?articleId=14486&lang=en

Death marches at double in Iraq but US public unaware
05.08.2003 [02:17]

United States military casualties in Iraq are running at more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe they are. The public is largely unaware of a high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths.

Since May 1, when President George Bush called an end to combat operations, 52 of his troops have been killed by hostile fire, according to Pentagon figures.

But the total of deaths from all causes is much higher at 112.

The other unreported cost of the war for the United States is the number of wounded - 827.

But unofficial figures put the total in the thousands. Many of the wounded have lost limbs.


The number of US combat deaths since the start of the war is 166, which is 19 more than the toll in the first Gulf war.

The passing of that benchmark last month scotched the perception that the US had scored an easy victory. The death toll this time is 248 when accidents and suicides are included.

According to a Gallup poll, 63 per cent of Americans still think Iraq was worth going to war over, but a quarter want the troops out now, and another third want a withdrawal if the casualty figures mount.

Military observers say it is unusual, even in a "low-intensity" guerilla war, for non-combat deaths to outnumber combat casualties.

The Pentagon does not tabulate the cause of those deaths, but according to Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, a website that tracks official reports, 23 US soldiers have died in car or helicopter accidents since May 1, and 12 have been killed in accidents with weapons or explosives.

Three deaths have been categorised as possible suicides, three have died from illness and three from drowning. The rest are unexplained.

Wounded US soldiers continue to be flown back to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington at a relentless rate.

The Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington was so overwhelmed by the influx that it had taken over beds normally reserved for cancer patients, a CBS report said.

The Pentagon figure for wounded in action in Iraq is 827, but here again the total of injuries appears much higher.

The estimate given by central command in Qatar is 926, but Lieutenant-Colonel Allen DeLane, in charge of the airlift of wounded into Andrews Air Force Base, argues that too is understated. "Since the war has started, I can't give you an exact number because that's classified information, but I can say to you over 4000 have stayed here at Andrews, and that number doubles when you count the people that come here to Andrews and then we send them to other places . . ." Colonel DeLane told National Public Radio.

Ninety per cent of injuries were directly war-related, he said.

"When the facility where I'm at started absorbing the people coming back from theatre [in April], those numbers went up significantly - I'd say over 1200. That number even went up higher in the month of May, to about 1500, and continues to increase."

Источник: By Julian Borger in Washington The Guardian via The Sydney Morning Herald

(2 comments)

Like this is news
by guest on 05.08.2003 [15:57]
The US government will never let the real figures for deaths and injured out. And the Americans will continue to live in a state of denial. They will continue to believe or choose to believe a smaller figure of casualties and deaths. Like always they continue to lie and will start to believe in their own lies.

Americas Lie
by Peter in the UK guest on 05.08.2003 [16:23]
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."


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