Can't delete photos if keywords have been assigned

I'm running into an annoying issue. Using iPhoto 09, version 8.1.2 on my MacBookPro. I have numerous photos that I want to get rid of (my camera will create both a lo res jpeg and a RAW file, and both are then imported into iPhoto. Keywords have been assigned to both version, but I've decided to get rid of several thousand of the lo res jpegs. Howevef, clicking on them and hitting 'delete' does nothing whatsoever; nor does dragging the image to the trash. THe only thing that seems to work is removing all the keywords, then selecting the photo and pressing delete. Nothing else works. Someone please tell me there is indeed some way to delete photos without having to manually remove keywords from hundreds and hundreds of them first.
Please don't reply with stupid comments like "then don't shoot RAW and jpeg together" or similar facile suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Your main library is glitched in some way.
Option 1
Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.
If that fails:
Option 2
Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)
This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.
Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 
Regards
TD 

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