A few months ago someone (the Red Cross?) pulled a figure out of the air of 100,000 civilian casualties killed in Iraq since the start of hostilities. A nice round number......but apparently boll'ocks. Research, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4692589.stm (as opposed to guesswork), has shown that the figure is closer to 25,000 and almost half of them killed directly by the bad guys. This is going to be very bad news for those Guardianistas who relish the image of B52s eagerly carpet-bombing kindergartens from the edge of space. To put 25,000 into some sort of perpective, an estimated 50,000 French civilians were killed by Allied bombing in the days before, and the weeks following D-Day. The French however, seem to accept this as the price of freedom.