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Burying the Truth Along with the Dead

Nowhere do you see the corporate news talk about the actual number of deaths the Iraqi people suffered.

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(LAGUNA BEACH) - It has been 10 years since President George W. Bush and his Neo-Con colleagues lied to the American people dragging us into fighting yet another war in the middle-east. The so-called evidence that Bush et.al. ginned up, manipulated, manufactured, and sexed up then sold to the American people in order to start the invasion of Iraq was breathtaking in its arrogance. But the lies Bush told had accomplices, he had fellow travelers. The corporate news reported without suspicion and in many cases with aggrandizement every Bush deceit. Recently Phil Donahue explained how Chris Matthews pushed him out of liberal MSNBC because Donahue saw through the Bush lies and Matthews was pro-Iraq war. 

But Bush's lies and the complicity of the corporate news in the selling of the Iraq War is no longer the issue. The issue is the continued lying about the aftermath of the Iraq War which still goes on today. Nowhere do you see acknowledged the devastating high birth defect rates being reported in Fallujah and Basra. No one in the corporate media talks about the American military's use of depleted uranium weapons and neutron bombs throughout southern Iraq.

Nowhere do you see the corporate news talk about the actual number of deaths the Iraqi people suffered. The corporate news either repeats Bush's lies that 35,000 Iraqi died or the corporate news throws out a whole slew of random numbers, anywhere from 50,000 deaths to 150,000 deaths, coming from compromised sources.

More interested in scientific truth as opposed to American self-congratulatory propaganda, the British medical journal Lancet reported 700,000 dead in Iraq by 2006. Ronald Waldman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University who worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for many years, called the survey method used by the Lancet from which it gathered its data, "tried and true," and added that "this is the best estimate of mortality we have." Scientific American positively confirmed the Lancet methodology.

On September 14, 2007, ORB (Opinion Research Business), an independent UK-based polling agency, published an estimate of the total casualties of the Iraq war. The figure suggested by ORB stands at 1,220,580 deaths. This estimate, although conducted independently, and using a different polling methodology, is consistent with the Lancet findings if accounting for the additional 14 months covered by the ORB poll. The fact that the American corporate press continues to play down Iraqi deaths tells us that American government lies about Iraq roll on and on.

If you were to give an enema to George W. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and the leadership of the corporate news in America ... give each one an enema ... you can bury each one in a matchbox!


Tyrone Borelli, a resident of Laguna Beach for the past 27 years, is a retired high school physics and earth science teacher. He started teaching back in 1973. Tyrone's first high school teaching job was at George Washington High School with the Department of Education in Guam. He later taught math in San Marcos, Texas for several years, and finished his teaching career at Santa Ana Valley High School where he taught GATE and AP Physics and GATE Earth Science for 23 years. You can write to T.C. Borelli at: alty53@cox.net


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