Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Iraq stampede kills 'up to 1,000'

Leave it to the BBC to politicize this human disaster.

So far, there have been at least 695 confirmed deaths, making the incident the single biggest loss of Iraqi life since the US-led invasion in 2003.

Why use that benchmark when there are others? Others, like the chemical attack on the Kurds which killed 5,000. It's not like they didn't know they had other benchmarks. The link to the Kurd story is a BBC story.

Because, the BBC want you to have the impression, that there have been other incidents where large numbers of Iraqis have died as a result of the US led liberation of Iraq.


In fact, as this report shows incidents of large scale civilian deaths have been caused by terrorists.


Initial reports suggested the stampede was caused by someone shouting there were suicide bombers in the march. But Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says mortars were fired into the crowd.

Talabani, in an exclusive interview with Interfax, said Zarkawi was behind mortar rounds that were fired into a crowd of Shias marching to a shrine for a religious festival and caused panic among them.


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