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Catalogue of errors,
This review is from: Hidden Agendas (Paperback)
Pilger makes a number of facutal errors in this book.He states that the Soviet Union showed no interest in the Vietnam war.When in fact figures on Wikepaedia show that the USSR gave 2,000 tanks and 7,000 artillery pieces not to mention surface to air missiles to the North Vietnamese.He made out Britain was involved in the Vietnam war when in fact Britian`s unwillingness to enter the war upset the Americans.He also stated that the Americans killed over 700,000 people in Cambodia when figures on Wikepaeida suggest it was a good deal less,only 40,000.He claimed that the Americans dropped more bombs on Cambodia than Japan in World war two a doubtful claim.He said that Britain is the second largest arms dealer in the world.Yet again figures for the twenty first century suggest that France,Russia and Germany all export more arms than Britain and his claim Britain makes up something like 20,% of the world arms market seem unlikely.He said that one in ten British workers in 1994 were employed in the arms industry but,an article in 2011 said it was only 300,000 one tenth the amount quoted by Pilger,the same article said that only 55,000 British jobs depend on arms exports.He wrote that 130,000 people were tortured and disappeared by the Chilean regime of Pinochet,but in fact figures on Wikepedia indicate that it was nothing like that many. About 2,000 killed by Pinochet. He stated that the Soviet life expectacny was 69,in the late fifties and had fallen in the 1990`s.In fact it was falling long before the 1990`s.He stated that,countries well integrated in the world economy have the worst human rights standards.When the case of the Soviet Union under Stalin and China under Mao suggest the opposite is the case.The European Union probably most well integrated in the world economy has the best human rights record. His figures are wrong,most of what you read is opinion but the facts he asserts are often wrong,and built on bogues figures.
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2012 08:30:21 BDT
H. Spanner says:
Your criticisms might have more credibility if a) you expressed them more carefully and b) you didn't rely entirely on Wikipedia, which is far from being authoritative or beyond manipulation itself.
Posted on 29 Jun 2013 19:24:56 BDT
Seriously? You dismiss the work of one of the world's greatest investigative journalists on the back of a few minutes spent on Wikipedia? It'd be funny if it wasn't tragic.
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