Skip to comments.Sri Lankan doctors recant reports of civilian deaths
Posted on 07/10/2009 1:37:12 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Bangkok, Thailand - Over two months after the bloody finale of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war, a lingering row over civilian casualties continues to roil a fractured society.
Sri Lankan authorities have insisted that their final military push against Tamil Tiger rebels didn't target hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped behind enemy lines. But aid workers, church officials, and government doctors reported that heavy shelling had caused mass casualties. A preliminary United Nations report estimated that 7,000 had died between January and May.
On Wednesday, however, a group of doctors who had provided dramatic firsthand accounts of civilian suffering in the war zone publicly recanted their reports. At a press conference in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, the five ethnic-Tamil doctors said rebels had forced them to lie about the number of dead and wounded, and said that the actual death toll was a fraction of that counted by the UN.
"The figures were exaggerated due to pressure from the LTTE," said V. Shanmugarajah, one of the doctors, referring to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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So the UN were in cahoots with the terrorists to magnify civilian casualty reports?
Well I don’t find that hard to believe.
Exaggeration is a necessary technique used by the U.N. and most other commie lib groups. If it works and gets the sad gypsy violins to start playing, why not? Most people on the planet are very gullible, why not exploit their gullibility?