A BBC video on Bush – Blair discussion prior to the Iraq war and the ever ‘coming soon’ Chilcot report describes the war as,
..conflict that ‘cost’ the life of 179 British military personnel…
Indeed, it did not refer to Iraqi casualties (estimated variously between few hundred thousand and more than a million) as ‘cost’. That leads one to conclude that the Iraqi life costs nothing.
1. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-34565182, emphasis added
2. In the part preceding the quoted portion of the video, it talks about sending British troops to Iraq and so arguably the ‘cost’ is within that ‘British’ context. I do not agree with that argument; I cannot ignore both the dis-proportionality of the impact and the fact that Britain was the aggressor. To me body counts matter. I’m not a Westerner.