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Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
 Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'
 Annexing the West Bank
Philip Weiss on Israel's cruel stupidity
The Case of Lynn Stewart
Jacob Hornberger on the criminalization of speech
Will Brennan Increase Syria's Torture?
Pepe Escobar on America's al Qaeda fighters
UN Estimates 60,000 Dead in Syrian Civil War
Number Dwarfs Even Claims by Syrian Rebel Factions
by Jason Ditz, January 02, 2013
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The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has released a new estimate for the overall death toll in the Syrian Civil War, topping out at just over 60,000, a number whose enormity surprised even them.
Instead of questioning the validity of the number, which dwarfs even Syrian rebel claims of 45,000 or more killed, Commissioner Navi Pillay appeared to take the number as unquestionable fact, condemning both sides for the shocking toll.
With no independent reporters on the ground in most of Syria, the reliability of the death tolls coming out of the nation are suspect taken individually however and, consequently, even more suspect when aggregated. Most reports come either out of regime or rebel sources with an interest in inflating the other side’s kill count to portray them in the worst light possible.
Where the true toll lies is anyone’s guess, but the hazard of guessing based on such reports came crystal clear in Libya last year, where rebels had also trumpeted a “genocide” of 50,000 people by the regime alone, and the body count never came anywhere near that figure. Syria’s own toll is likely to be even more difficult to come to terms with, as the war is lasting much longer and considerable territory remains in a disputed state.
The Syrian rebels, as with the Libyan ones, often point to the death tolls as proof of the need for NATO intervention to install them. Yet it is apparent that adding even more combatants to the ground isn’t going to solve the problem of a high death toll, and whatever the true count is, it will grow inevitably higher if NATO starts bombing cities like they did in Libya.
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Highlights
Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
Breaking News
Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'