posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 01:49 AM
I'm glad you pointed out the discrepancy in the numbers, Hellmutt.
It's amazing to me that three sources can put forward three wildly different estimates.
So how many people actually showed up?
A million strikes me as just plain silly. I could be wrong, but that seems too far-fetched for me to believe - and obviously the source is suspect.
On the other end of the spectrum, the US military claims 14k. That seems like a lot of people, but not when compared to the estimates of reporters on
the scene, who said 'hundreds of thousands.'
How can we get to the bottom of this?
Does the US military have a concrete reason to lie?
They don't have nearly the incentive that Sadr does...
Could it be that reporters on the ground couldn't get an accurate picture because they were too close?