The following is part of a series of articles from Chris Tolworthy reposted here with kind permission. The articles together ask many questions about the September 11 atrocity and its aftermath, as well as looking into it from numerous angles. The articles are split into a number of pages on this site (which you can follow using the links at the bottom).
Who kills innocent people?
According to the latest estimates (march 2002), around 2800 innocent people were killed in the September 11th tragedy.
In response, the western powers killed between 2000 and 8000 innocent Afghans. This is in addition to the hundreds or thousands we killed after labelling them "the enemy." The most likely estimate is around 5000 innocent deaths, with the numbers increasing due to slow injuries, unexploded bombs, further skirmishes, etc.
In other words, for every innocent person "they" killed, "we" killed two.
Note that the "war on terror" has just begun, so casualties can be expected to rise. Historically, the west has inflicted many times more innocent casualties on the rest of the world than it has ever received in return.(3) This trend continues today. It is business as usual.