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The figure appears to be about four dozen. Quoting a hospital where virtually all the dead appear to have been taken, since the morgue was without electricity, The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Osborn puts the figure at 45; and Human Rights Watch says it was about 44. There may have been an additional few victims whose bodies did not reach the hospital.
Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch (HRW), who is leading a team investigating the humanitarian damage in South Ossetia, told the Guardian that Russian estimates of 2,000 dead in the conflict were "suspicious".
Neistat said that doctors at Tskhinvali hospital had provided figures that 273 wounded people had been treated there during the conflict and a total of 44 dead people had been brought to the city morgue. Russian and South Ossetian officials have claimed that 1,400 people were killed in the first day of fighting, mostly in Tskhinvali.
Originally posted by mattifikation
I'm sure we'll hear all about how Russia is now somehow also a U.S. puppet state and acted purely by U.S. instructions.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Maybe the dead have not been found? Has excavation of the rubble and the search for survivors even commenced?
Originally posted by pluckynoonez
We are going to split hairs on human lives?
I get what this thread is saying, but it is revolting to me that only a few civilians getting gunned-down by sponsored-terrorism is somehow less of a war crime.
Originally posted by mattifikation
You mean the Russians might be lying, and the United States wasn't backing a genocidal maniac? Wait, this could quite possibly mean that Russia was just lying, making excuses, and attempting a cold-hearted land grab. No way. I imagine the usual crew will be here in droves any minute now to provide all kinds of Wikipedia and YouTube evidence to defend the peaceful and loving Russia and its prime minister, a beloved former member of the humanitarian agency known as the KGB.
And when that fails, I'm sure we'll hear all about how Russia is now somehow also a U.S. puppet state and acted purely by U.S. instructions. Or wait, maybe it'll be our fault that Russia blew Georgia to crap because of the missile shield. Yeah, that's it... missile shield. Missile shield justifies everything from Russia attacking people, to Russia threatening to nuke earth, to Russia feeding infants to *actual bears.* In fact, any random Russian should be allowed to kill any random person from any other country on Earth at any point now, because Missile Shield Missile Shield American Puppet Missile Shield Blah.
Forgive me for my rant, but hopefully it'll be apparent now that their are bad guys in the world besides the "Unholy Scourge of America."
Originally posted by TKainZero
Both sides are giving bias stats on everything involded.
Thru history, there are ALWAYS more sides then just one, Take Alexander of Greece/Macedonia... To the Western world, he is Known as Alexander the Great, to arabs, Alexander the Destroyer...
Two diffrent veiws, same man, same actions...
The Truth is in between, as it ussaly is...
The Death Toll is probaly between 44-2000, thats the numbers the 2 sides give... Somewhere in between you'll find the truth...