09 November 2005
Cost of one dead Iraqi: about £1,000
Picture the scene: you are an Iraqi, living in your country and you are driving down an Iraqi street. A group of scum in uniform casually shoot one of your family members and then they drive off and leave you to your own devices. You manage to obtain evidence, probably from the bleading corpse that was once your wife, that the killers were Americans. The Americans then pay you about a thousand quid for your loss.
I think that the rest of the world is getting to the stage where it will be able to forgive the Iraqis anything they do to any American that they capture.