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Thursday, September 5, 2013

The 'Assad Killed 100,000' Lie

If you've heard it once, you've heard it 100 times--"Assad killed 100,000 of his own people."   From Obama team, pundits, folks in Congress, and more.  And rarely corrected by the media or in interviews.  The truth is bad enough, surely, but it's not 100,000.  But that figure, so many others others, is being used as spin to induce people to back the war against Syria.  The facts, from more than one group but this leading one here, is that at least 40,000 of that total is Assad forces or militias supporting him.   Militia fighting him--and non-combatants (killed by both sides)--make up the rest.  In fact, not a single report or count, even by the Assad opponents and groups friendly to him, endorse the 100,000 figure.

But don't let the facts get in the way of the first air strike.  Assad is bad enough but the propaganda--from Kerry to certain MSNBC folks--just shows the weakness in their case.

1 comment:

neilk said...

So 100,000 people have been killed but 60,000 of them were asking for it. Gotcha.