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Extra resources for Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media
Org>) The situation in Iraq under sanctions could not have been more different. edu>). Garfield noted that, in tripling since 1990, the death rate of children in Iraq was unique, as ‘there is almost no documented case of rising mortality for children under five years in the modern world’ (John Mueller and Karl Mueller, ‘The Methodology of Mass Destruction: Assessing Threats in the New World Order’, Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 2000, pp. 163–87). These facts were utterly banished by a media system which understood that the demonisation of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi regime was vital for justifying war.
Com/iraq>). Greg Thielmann, an expert on Iraqi WMD and former senior foreign-service officer for 25 years, claims that key evidence presented by Colin Powell to the UN on February 5, 2003 was misrepresented and the public deceived: The main problem was that the senior administration ofﬁcials have what I call faith-based intelligence. They knew what they wanted the intelligence to show. They were really blind and deaf to any kind of countervailing information the intelligence community would produce.
I think our Blair special on BBC2 confronted him [Blair] with all sorts of uncomfortable propositions. DE: The other thing is that UNSCOM inspectors, CIA reports and so on have said that any retained Iraqi WMD is likely to be ‘sludge’ – that’s the word they use – because, for example, liquid bulk anthrax lasts maybe three years under ideal storage conditions. Again, I haven’t seen that put to people like John Reid and Mike O’Brien. Edwards 01 chap01 42 27/10/05 16:09:25 Iraq Disarmed – Burying the 1991–98 Weapons Inspections 43 GE: Um, I can’t recall whether we have or not.
Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media by David Edwards, David Cromwell