Today marks the end of Winter, and seven years since the U.S. invaded Iraq for excuses based on lies and greed.
Rather than pouring our economic well-being and the precious lives of our men and women in uniform into wars that only further entrench us in waste, fraud and unholy alliances, we could have been retooling our energy systems so that oil production is not front and center of our foreign policy.
As we cross this year’s threshold of Winter into Spring, let us dedicate ourselves to ensuring that this magical time will no longer be an anniversary of death and tragic loss. May we pledge that each of us, one by one, will begin making bold, brave, positive choices that will lead to the end of our massive, deadly addiction to fossil fuels. Let us turn away from this road we all know leads to a Spring silent as the grave.
American Military Deaths in Iraq
Since war began, as of yesterday:
Total: 4385 Combat: 3481
Since “Mission Accomplished” (5/1/03)
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03):
Since Handover (6/29/04):
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09):
Official – 31,716 Unofficial estimates: Over 100,000
Coalition Troops – Iraq 318
US Military Deaths – Afghanistan 1,022
Other Military Deaths – Afghanistan 667
Contractor Employee Deaths – Iraq 1,457
Journalists – Iraq 338
Academics Killed – Iraq 437
Iraqi civilian death toll directly related to war violence: between 95,680 and 104,382. This is based on documented reporting. The actual number is certainly much higher.
In addition, we might want to consider that secret internal memos have revealed that there may be as many as 18 U.S. war veteran suicides a day, with a deliberate cover-up to prevent the American public being aware of this massive silent tragedy.