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A report released today claims that nearly 25,000 civilians have died in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003. Over a third of these (37%) were killed by Coalition Forces due to bombings, shootings, etc. The rest is largely due to insurgent attacks, suicide bombers and general bomb attacks.

25,000 civilians.

That's the same as the July 7th London bomb attacks taking place over 446 times in the last two years four months (roughly an attack ever two days) or the 9/11 attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon taking place over 8 times.

Saddam Hussein was in power for 25 years (1978 - 2003) and is reported to have killed around 300,000 civilians during his reign. That works out at 12,000 a year. On those figures the US-led Coalition doesn't seem to be doing too badly as they're averaging about 10,714 a year. Ergo, civilians in Iraq are safer since the Coalition toppled Saddam than before. We're actually saving 1,286 people a year! I reckon the people of Iraq must be mighty pleased about that! Of course the report doesn't include the death toll from the Iraqi military or Insurgents - that might tip the balance.

25,000 Civilians Killed In Iraq (BBC News Online; Tuesday 19th July 2005)

2986  - 9/11 (including WTC, Pentagon and four planes)
56 - 7/7 (including three trains and one bus)

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gabby2600
Jul. 20th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Yu hae to remeber the governments see it as us and them. Sadly thats the way many papers and news stories paint it.
davywavy
Jul. 20th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
Gosh, if only George Bush had looked into his crystal ball and known this two years ago, eh? Silly, silly President of teh United States! What are the Americans doing electing someone incapable of seeing the future?
I blame them, you know.
angusabranson
Jul. 20th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC)
Regardless of precognative powers I really do feel that Bush could have handled the Iraq affair a million times better than he has done.
davywavy
Jul. 20th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
The other inaccuracy you're perpectuating is that civilian deaths through terror bombings with civilians as the target are the same as civilian deaths during military action where every conceivable action to prevent such deaths has been taken.
One group makes civilians the target, the other does not: in fact it does it's utmost to prevent that happening. You make the point yourself: 2/3 of the figure you quoted - nigh 16,000 people - have been actively targetted and murdered as civilian targets by people with free will who made a conscious decision to attack and kill them - and those killers weren't us, or representing us in any way.
Whilst 8000 civilian dead killed in a country effectively at war is truly appalling, you - and the BBC - cannot realistically make an effective case for moral equivalence between the two sets of victims.
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