A lot of people in this board have shown concern about the turn of events in Iraq, and rightly so. Nobody is pleased when American soldiers and Iraqi civilians die. (Except maybe Hussein supporters, Al Quaida, and other terrorist extremists). As somebody who supported the effort against Hussein, I am bothered by the continued violence. Every single death is tragic, but sometimes we need to look at the whole picture. As we consider and debate U.S. policy, it is important to keep some perspective. I have been looking up some numbers, Obviously some of these numbers of casualties will unfortunately continue to go up before the situation is resolved, but this is were we are now, according to different sources: American death in battle and accidents in Iraq: According to AP: 1644 Iraqi civilians deads since the war began: According to AP: 3240 confirmed. According to an anti-war web page: 7346 to 9146 Iraqi civilians killed by Saddam Hussein's regime: According to Human right organizations: over 600,000 Also, (not to compare but to have some perspective), 13,600 people have been recently killed in France by weather during a recent heat wave. More than all American soldiers and Iraqi civilians combined. I hope this helps our perspective as we discuss and analize the situation.