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Insist on the truth about war casualties

Were 8 US soldiers killed yesterday, besides the 3 being reported? We may not learn for days, weeks or months. As casualties mount, the US military appears to be playing with the numbers. The US only

Were 8 US soldiers killed yesterday, besides the 3 being reported? We may not learn for days, weeks or months. As casualties mount, the US military appears to be playing with the numbers. The US only

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Were 8 US soldiers killed yesterday, besides the 3 being reported? We may not learn for days, weeks or months. As casualties mount, the US military appears to be playing with the numbers. The US only says that 2 were "wounded" in an attack at Khaldiyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad. Foreign reports first thought 8 were killed. Today, it seems more than 4 and perhaps 8 were seriously burned when their convoy was attacked. Are any dead? Will they die in a few days and not be reported?

Why am I posting this? Because our US media reports are again diverging sharply from foreign news media reports. This is what happened during the war last spring - and we learned the truth long after the war. Our US media are now admitting they fudged.

A typical example is FOXnews this morning. The home page lists only one Iraq war story - this one, titled "Former Iraqi Defense Minister Surrenders". Buried in the story - 9/10s down the page - are two paragraphs that briefly report yesterday's ambush of three humvees and does not report any casualties from this. The headline promises a report of further progress, but the report is actually one of multiple attacks on Americans and our mistaken attack on the Italian official looking for stolen antiquities and the killing of his assistant by our soldiers.

Also, the term "wounded" is treated as a minimal event. The daily numbers are not reported and the severity of the "wounds" are not reported. If 8 US boys were severely burned in an attack yesterday, these guys could be in for years of painful surgery and a lifetime of disfigurement or pain. They deserve more respect than a dismissal of their sacrifice by our military and news media. The Bush administration is trying to keep news from the American people of the cost in human lives lost and destroyed. Ah, but GW is OK so long as he doesn't lie about his personal sex life. True patriots would insist on the truth about war casualties - all of them.

Insist on the truth about war casualties

By John ServaisOn Sep 19, 2003

Were 8 US soldiers killed yesterday, besides the 3 being reported? We may not learn for days, weeks or months. As casualties mount, the US military appears to be playing with the numbers. The US only

Some comments on national issues

By John ServaisOn Sep 18, 2003

Foreign Internet news sites are reporting 8 US soldiers killed in Iraq today. Nothing at the CNN, Fox and MSNBC websites. These reports are three hours old. What is happening? That would total 11 US b

A few words are in order

By John ServaisOn Sep 17, 2003

It is humbling and most satisfying to see the voters choose for change in leadership at City Hall and the Port. For an incumbent to get less than 40% of the vote is a mandate for change. Ginny and Mar

Internet election results: It’s just a fad

By John ServaisOn Sep 16, 2003

The Auditor will post election results in almost-real time this evening. First post should be about 8:15, and because of the very few races the evening count may be done by 9:30.

The first live

Can this website influence the elections?

By John ServaisOn Sep 15, 2003

I doubt it. Most visitors are political experts - elected, bureaucrats, reporters or junkies - and have their own candidates to support. Few casual citizens even know of this site. Regardless, below a

Facing the abyss

By John ServaisOn Sep 05, 2003

So now the US is crawling to the UN asking for help in Iraq. And asking France and Germany to help. George W and his Neo-conservatives are facing the abyss - defeat and humiliation.

Gentle read

Growing up Whatcom

By John ServaisOn Sep 04, 2003

A new political pressure group is organizing to try and slow the growth of Whatcom County and Bellingham. Pro-Whatcom claims to be a diverse grassroots group of citizens but is actually a savvy

So - what polite word can we use?

By John ServaisOn Sep 03, 2003

Phone outage in Whatcom County, Bellingham and much of Skagit County since 7:45 am this morning according to news reports. KGMI is on top of this and the Bellingham Herald is posting special reports o

Why things go so wrong for us good guys

By John ServaisOn Sep 01, 2003

AlJazeera’s English language website has finally opened. This is the Arab news site that scooped the US news media on a weekly basis during the war last spring. The US Government supposedly blocked th

This city is in serious need of good local news coverage

By John ServaisOn Aug 31, 2003

According to today’s Herald, editorial page editor Carolyn Nielson is on leave. Eric Thomas, who has been writing goofy editorials aimed at humor, is now going on vacation. So - during the two weeks l

What is happening at the Herald?

By John ServaisOn Aug 29, 2003

You would think the Port of Bellingham getting a windfall of $17 million would be news. But since posting that here - and scooping the paid news media in Bellingham - they have ignored this. Th

The Port Commissioner campaign is getting hot

By John ServaisOn Aug 27, 2003

Ginny Benton, seeking her third term as commissioner, stated this evening at the Rome Grange that she will not respond to the “mud slinging” being done against her. She will “not stoop” to dignify thi

Wednesday’s Lunch Time Soapbox Forum

By John ServaisOn Aug 21, 2003

At yesterday’s forum, the mayor and four challengers faced the audience for over an hour of questions. The forum does not allow them to use notes, so the give and take is very entertaining as well as

Do we have to endure a tragedy before we wake up?

By John ServaisOn Aug 14, 2003

Go pick up today’s issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize the police. The

Give GW what he deserves

By John ServaisOn Aug 11, 2003

If you are interested in giving the raspberry to George W when he visits Washington State next week, then check out www.stopbushseattle.com and make travel plans. W is coming here for some photo ops o

This is an exclusive NwCitizen feature

By John ServaisOn Aug 08, 2003

If you like a good read then check The Door to War and the Futurist Markets article. The author takes the concept of a Terror Futures Market and looks at how the world works.

OK. They are completely insane

By John ServaisOn Aug 03, 2003

Amazing. I can call the supposed president of our country insane and my conservative friends only object to the f word. This is an adult site. If my “credibility” rests on that, then folks know nothin

Where is Bob Hope when we need him?

By John ServaisOn Jul 30, 2003

Tuesday afternoon, the Bush administration back peddled from the Terrorist Futures Market idea under fire from Senators from both sides and ridicule from news media. You should know this plan was not

George W and the Pentagon are absolutely insane

By John ServaisOn Jul 29, 2003

They are proposing a future’s market on terrorism, assassinations, atrocities and war. These guys figure out a way to make money on most anything. So this is their vision of the future - war for profi

Pay no attention to the plan behind the curtain

By John ServaisOn Jul 17, 2003

The Bellingham Herald has good reporting in today’s paper on the City Council’s stumbling into a $300,000-plus gift to a local business. The business happens to be owned by one of the best friends of

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