Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, July 07, 2003

John Sweeney writes for the UK Observer and - this is true - the BBC. He got into all sorts of strife last year for not wearing the UNICEF line about Iraqi child mortality and economic sanctions.

Now, according to an item by Sweeney carried by the Weekend Australian (no web location) the rank and file Iraqi doctors are starting to come out of the woodwork.

Then two surgeons at Al Kindi teaching hospital in Baghdad, Rahim Ismael and Dlair Omar, agreed to go public. They damned the health ministtry under Hussein as a corrupt and brutal instrument of oppression. They said that many medicines had been held back in warehouses.

UNICEF will be surprised. No-one else will be.

John Pilger will ignore them.

Auntie already has.