War Criminal of the Century?

CBS Evening News temporary anchor, Bob Schieffer tonight expressed outrage that an estimated two and a half million Syrians have so far been displaced, wounded, or killed as a result of the civil war raging in that country.

Bob Schieffer

He laid the blame squarely on Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

That figure is fractionally more than half the estimated number of Iraqis displaced (4-5 million) after the US invaded Iraq in 2003. But, wait! The Iraqi figure doesn’t include the (approx) 655,000 civilians slaughtered in that conflict (Lancet figure – death certificates supported in 92% of cases), and an indeterminate, but obviously huge number of Iraqis wounded.

In 2007, the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki quoted a figure of five million Iraqi children orphaned as a result of the conflict.[1]

Where was Schieffer’s outrage then? I guess the Iraqis were simply playing for the wrong team?

Bashar al-Assad still has a long, long, way to go as a war criminal to beat the record of US President George Walker Bush, and UK Prime Minister Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.

[1] “Occupation’s Toll: 5 Million Iraqi Children Orphaned” AlterNet, December 18th 2007

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