Writing in the Sunday Times of London (07/30/06), Hamoudi Saffar reports from Baghdad:
US soldiers in tanks and armoured vehicles have moved back into many parts of the capital handed over to the Iraqi police last March after the opening of the country’s new parliament. Yesterday proved to be one of the most peaceful days in months, with no deaths reported in to capital by late afternoon… In contrast, an average of 100 people have been dying in sectarian attacks every day in Baghdad.
High civilian casualties, low troop casualties — The figures for July highlight the current character of the so-called “insurgency” in Iraq. The war took the lives of 45 American troops, or 1.5 per day. This is about 1/20th the loss rate of Vietnam, and slightly under the civilian homicide rate in either New York City or Los Angeles. For American troops, July ’06 was the 4th lightest casualty month in past three calendar years.
By the standards of war, what is occurring in Iraq barely merits the name.