The British prime minister has been forced to admit that claims about the number of Saddam's enemies killed during the civil war - the infamous "mass graves" - was exaggerated by at least 8000%.
Blair admits they lied about Iraq's 'mass graves'
Meanwhile, the situation in Sudan is far more dangerous than Iraq ever was, or ever could have become, and many times more people are suffering and dying. The mass murder and ethnic cleansing in Sudan has been going on for more than a year. So when are the self-appointed international saviours, the US and UK, going to send in the troops to intervene? When is the UN Security Council going to pass a resolution? It's almost to late.
Of course, there are no natural resources for the victors to plunder in the Sudan.
The Guardian (UK), "PM admits graves claim 'untrue'", 18 July 2004.
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Downing Street has admitted to The Observer that repeated claims by Tony Blair that '400,000 bodies had been found in Iraqi mass graves' is untrue...
The claims by Blair in November and December of last year, were given widespread credence, quoted by MPs and widely published, including in the introduction to a US government pamphlet on Iraq's mass graves.
In that publication - Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves produced by USAID, the US government aid distribution agency, Blair is quoted from 20 November last year: 'We've already discovered, just so far, the remains of 400,000 people in mass graves.'
On 14 December Blair repeated the claim in a statement issued by Downing Street in response to the arrest of Saddam Hussein and posted on the Labour party website that: 'The remains of 400,000 human beings [have] already [been] found in mass graves.'
The admission that the figure has been hugely inflated follows a week in which Blair accepted responsibility for charges in the Butler report over the way in which Downing Street pushed intelligence reports 'to the outer limits' in the case for the threat posed by Iraq.
And while few have any doubts that Saddam's regime was responsible for serious crimes against humanity, the exact scale of those crimes has become increasingly politicised in both Washington and London as it has become clearer that the case against Iraq for retention of weapons of mass destruction has faded.
Daily Telegraph (UK), "Don't ignore Sudan plight", 19 July 2004.
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Britain's best-known international aid charities launch a joint national appeal tomorrow to combat the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" in the Darfur region of Sudan.
One million people are thought to have been displaced and at least 30,000 killed, although some put the figure much higher.
Pro-government Arab militias are accused of ethnic cleansing and even genocide against the region's black African population.
Today, W. F. Deedes reports from Tawila, in Northern Darfur, where hundreds of people have been killed and women and children raped.
Brendan Gormley, the chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which is organising the appeal with 11 charities, said: "This is the worst humanitarian crisis facing the world today.
The death toll could reach more than 350,000 if aid does not reach more than two million people soon, the United States Agency for International Development has said.
Daily Telegraph (UK), "Shameful cover-up that prevents charities tackling a catastrophe", front page, 19 July 2004.
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Either way, the outcome which I have been looking at is horrible. Why was the world so slow to react? Why has the rescue of these people taken so long? We're talking of a million displaced people, 700,000 of them in urgent need of food aid, and 150,000 of those likely to be cut off by the rains which are starting now. "We need a thousand more aid workers," a United Nations source says to me, "and it's very late in the day."
"The Insider" mailing list article, 18 July 2004.
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