Blair And Bush Hit By Friendly Fire
Poor old Tony (and poor old Dubya). Having bravely come out back in October 2006 pooh-poohing the estimate of 655,000 excess deaths since the Iraq invasion claimed in the Lancet report [PDF] (a pooh-poohing echoed wildly by the insanosphere over in the US) it must come as something of a shock to be on the receiving end of some friendly fire from the MOD today:
Well, so far what we know - only a few people ever disagreed with that and they were discredited, insane or (usually) both. Talking of which, here's the Prime Minister's Official Smokescreen from just after publication (12/10/2006).
In short, a strong case of cognitive dissonance, given that the BBC's FoIA request now reveals that they were being told internally that the method was sound *at the time* (well, the day after, on the 13th). We know Blair and the other inmates of the Fuhrerbunker are unscientific - the faith schools/evolution argument and the technical/engineering illiteracy over ID cards and NHS IT give it away - but this is cast-iron proof - one of the tests of good scientists is not discarding eye-opening results merely because to do so risks having your eyes opened. Sadly, our Prime Minister is happy to lead the country with his eyes firmly shut to the consequences of his criminal folly.