The United Nations reports today that more than 34,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in sectarian fighting in 2006. That's 34,000 deaths in a country with a population of about 26 million. If American civilians died at a similar rate last year, we would have suffered the loss of more than 380,000 people last year -- which is to say, a 9/11 every couple of days.
In an interview that aired on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, George W. Bush said that the "Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude." "That's the problem here in America," the president said. "They wonder whether or not there is a gratitude level that's significant enough in Iraq."