First, I have a story from the Associated Press, dated yesterday, about the release of a Senate report that not only found no evidence of any cooperation between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, but found that Saddam actually viewed Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group as a threat to his government. So much for that link between Saddam and 9/11 that Bush and Cheney have been jumping up and down and hollering about for the last four years in order to justify their invasion of Iraq. Oh, and speaking of which . . .
Since the war in Iraq began on March 19, 2003, 2,665 men and women in the American armed forces have been killed either accidentally or in combat. The official tally of American wounded is nearly 20,000. Additionally, 232 soldiers from other Coalition nations have died. There have been 77 journalists killed during the war. The Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index reports that a total of 288 foreign nationals have been kidnapped since the war began, of whom 6 were rescued, 3 escaped, 147 were released, and 53 were murdered. The report also estimates 30-40 Iraqis kidnapped nationwide every day.
The post-Saddam Iraqi Security Forces have lost 5,357 to fighting with insurgents. Estimates for how many of Saddam’s troops were killed during the war vary widely, from 6,000 up to over 30,000. The minimum estimate for civilians killed as a result of the war is 41,639.
Terrorist attacks numbered 1,800 in Iraq in 2004; in 2005, the number was 3,474. Fatalities in Iraq from terrorism jumped from 4,000 to 8,300 in the same period. Worldwide, 2,800 incidents of terrorism were counted in 2004; in 2005, that number had nearly quadrupled to 11,111, a number which includes the July 7, 2005 bombing of London by four men linked to al-Qaeda which killed 56 people and wounded 700. Sounds like we’re winning to me.