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Friday, October 17, 2003

Who Lied About Iraq? I
I've been meaning to start collecting these. Now that the "Bush lied" meme is circling like a whirlwind, I thought it would be good to review the honest (?) predictions of various parties in the leadup to the Iraq War. On Jan 7, 2003 the BBC reported on a UN report:

Up to 500,000 people could suffer serious injuries during the first phase of an attack on Iraq, a confidential United Nations report says.
The figures were based on estimates by the World Health Organization.
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The UN reports suggests that up to 10 million Iraqis may require assistance in the immediate aftermath of military intervention.
There are also concerns that military action would cause a huge refugee problem, with almost a million likely to flee to neighbouring countries.
Of these, 100,000 would need immediate assistance, the UN estimates.
There could be another two million internally displaced people. Relief agencies would find it very hard to offer them aid, if fighting was continuing, UN planners say.
"The outbreak of diseases in epidemic if not pandemic proportions is very likely," the report warns.

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