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Friday, August 22, 2003

Ooh - That's Spooky.....

Another example of brainless sensationalising. Both TV news last night and the newspapers this morning led with what they seem to think is the juiciest morsel yet to come out of the Hutton inquiry: that David Kelly foretold his own end - in February. What complete and utter bollocks. The man had just been explaining to a colleague that:
  • he'd assured the Iraqis that if they co-operated with the weapons inspectors, there would be no invasion
  • an invasion now looked inevitable
The "found dead in the woods" remark referred to possible reprisals by a brutal regime with a grudge, not to his own suicide, and it's disingenuous (but entirely predictable) of the media to suggest otherwise.
  1. they think that he was, in fact, referring to a planned suicide
  2. they're trying to suggest that the Iraqis furtively bumped him off, making it look like he took his own life
  3. they're making some general statement about coincidence, clairvoyance or fate
I don't know which is worst - that they could be so stupid, that they could be so stupid, or that they could be so stupid.

Nobody plans their own suicide months in advance, and then behaves prudently (including taking self-preserving measures when talking to reporters) before doing it.

There's certainly no reason to think that Saddam's supporters would feel it necessary to hide the fact that they'd assassinated him. It's a little late for PR concerns - and anyway they seem so proud of all their blatant atrocities.

Finally, to make something of the fact that his throwaway remark bore some resemblance to his eventual end just shows that some people never emerge from a school-playground mentality when it comes to coincidence.

posted by Plig | 15:26 |

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