Number of souls that have been freed:
– 82,000 and 89,000 – Iraq Body Count
– 151,000 – Iraqi government & the World Health Organization (Mar.03 – Jun.06)
– 654,865 – British medical journal The Lancet (March 2003 and July 2006)
– 1,189,173 – Opinion Research Business (as of 2008)
Take your pick.
Then read Fisk:
We have dispatched our armies into the land of Islam. We have done so with the sole encouragement of Israel, whose own false intelligence over Iraq has been discreetly forgotten by our masters, while weeping crocodile tears for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died. America’s massive military prestige has been irreparably diminished. And if there are, as I now calculate, 22 times as many Western troops in the Muslim world as there were at the time of the 11th and 12th century Crusades, we must ask what we are doing. Are we there for oil? For democracy? For Israel? For fear of weapons of mass destruction? Or for fear of Islam? [source]