The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Revised Death Count

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that over 150,000 civilians have been killed since the United States and Britain invaded Iraq almost five years ago.

The WHO says the figure is an estimate based on interviews with families, they caution that the actual number of civilian deaths could be as high as 223,000.

Violence is now the leading cause of death among adult male Iraqis.

A previous study by Johns Hopkins University stated that 600,000 Iraqi civilians may have been killed in violent incidents between the start of the US/British invasion and July 2006.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

US Diplomats Critical of US Policy

Nearly half of US diplomats, who do not want to serve in Iraq, say a key reason is because they do not support the Bush administration's policies there.

That is according to a survey carried out by the American Foreign Service Association, which represents the rank-and-file diplomatic corps, not political appointees.

The survey asked those who were not willing to go to Iraq why not, and those who were willing to go why.

State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, said that people who signed up as foreign service officers were expected to support the policies of the US government.

"And if people have a problem with that, they know what they can do."

Fair comment!