Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Minister of Defence says he wasn't in the room at the time, then asks for a glass of water...

When Australia joined the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, HoWARd said he was very conscious of the dangers for the civilian population. Almost two years later, a parliamentary committee has exposed that no one in the Australian Government knows how many Iraqis have died.

The Office of National Assessments' (ONA) Director-General Peter Varghese has told Senator Faulkner he too doesn't have any reliable (or unreliable) figures on civilian deaths in Iraq.
Questioning Robert Hill the Minister of Defence, John Faulkner asks: "What attempts has the Australian Government made to try and ascertain what these figures might be?"

Robert Hill answers: "Well, we've accepted that it's not possible at this time to produce an accurate figure on civilian casualties."

JF: "So, the committee is to take that as no attempts have been made, none whatsoever - zero, blotto, nothing."

RH: "Well I don't think there is reporting mechanism."

JF: "Obviously not."

RH: "That's what we've been trying to tell you, because I don't believe the Americans know and the implication of the briefing I received was to that effect."
If we suspend disbelief and accept that the invasion of Iraq is actually Operation Iraqi Freedom then the rhetoric of March 2003 still holds. Read a few more News Transcripts from our allies Minister.

Iraqis are human and value life. They mourn when life ends. Children die and families and communities are left shattered.

Count them Minister.
They matter.


Blogger Ron said...

It's so different from the Vietnam War, Suki, when the govts were proud to boast daily of their body counts.

History will show the Howard years to have been a real black period.

If only 'the people' will wake up next election and realise what this govt have done to our country.

2:21 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

That's a great cartoon image Suki... One of the best I've seen over the last year or so on Iraq...

5:03 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Some days I wonder whether truth will ever matter again. Some days I wonder whether I'm wasting my time and my children and grandchildren will laugh at the stories of their eccentric relative who was so leftwing.
"What's left-wing?" they will ask...
I will say,
"It involves a political standpoint that is based on evidence versus belief, flexibility of thought versus rigidity of position, placing people centrally to the issue, logic versus rhetoric, an extraordinary amount of research and brainpower, and you have to care about people you don't even know and work at preventing structural injustice before it happens."

7:24 pm  
Blogger Gerry said...

Suki, you rock!

Ron, yes, about Vietnam. But then again, the bastards were playing games with the 'body count' eh. They never factored-in the civillian deaths. If Americans and Australians had known the full scale of the mass-murder (more than three million by the end), they might not have been as enthusiastic about that particular paranoid killing spree...

Suki, I've hijacked the cartoon from this article and featured it in my blog.

11:55 pm  
Blogger Kartar said...

What do you mean Suki? Who cares how many civilians died? They freed Iraq. And anyway most of the civilians were probably dirty stinkin' Islamists anyway. As long as democracy won...

12:35 am  
Blogger Ron said...

Have they freed Iraq, Kartar? Surely it's WAY to early to say that.

One thing that can certainly be said is that 100,000 Iraqi citizens are now free of earthly concerns. RIP

9:48 am  
Blogger Ron said...

It's a brilliant cartoon, Suki. Wish I had found it first! :-)

9:49 am  
Blogger Kartar said...

Ron - I was being sarcastic...

12:04 pm  
Blogger Ron said...

Sorry, kartar.

We do need irony, sarcasm etc indicators on blog entries and comments, don't we, especially if we have not read anything by the commentator before.

Ron... :-)

12:59 pm  

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