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.
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
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)