The Death Rate In Iraq
We've allowed it to return to Saddam's levels of brutality, according to this analysis from a pro-war person like myself:
"Along with other human rights organizations, The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq. Human Rights Watch reports that in one operation alone, the Anfal, Saddam killed 100,000 Kurdish Iraqis. Another 500,000 are estimated to have died in Saddam's needless war with Iran. Coldly taken as a daily average for the 24 years of Saddam's reign, these numbers give us a horrifying picture of between 70 and 125 civilian deaths per day for every one of Saddam's 8,000-odd days in power."
Of course, the violence included peaks and valleys. But the toll in the last two months is about 117 civilians a day. So we're back where we started. But now, the violence and torture is not directed by one tyrant, but by anyone, anywhere, in the anarchy Rumsfeld deliberately unleashed and deliberately ignored.