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08 December 2007

Iraq War and Ongoing Occupation : Current Coalition Death Count ...

A picture's worth a thousand words?

Not always.

Here's one worth many more.

US military deaths in Iraq at 3,886

As of Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at least 3,886 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The figure includes eight military civilians.

At least 3,165 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

And then there are more.

Nothing follows.

(Cross posted at Appletree)

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Anonymous peter england said...

Richard, I'm glad you refer to all this using an accurate description, unlike so many others. If everyone hammered home the point at every oppurtunity that this is not any longer a mere war. It is an ongoing occupation as you so rightly say.

As with any occupied country, resistance and freedom fighters never surrender. Even if the occupiers stay for decades, as a younger generation becomes capable of active resistance, that's what they'll do.

Wouldn't we all under the same brutally oppressive circumstances? Unless of course we were cowards rather than patriots.

12:06 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

Not before enough people take to the streets to show how strongly the feel will these deaths stop.

Sadly, I'm sure there are many more deaths ahead - American and others. With the evil crew in charge, even a nought on the end of that figue would make not one iota of difference.

While they're safe themselves AND continuing to make mega-bucks out of this carnage, why should they give a shit? They won't listen or worry unless they get a taste of what being scared shitless really means. Like the lads over there feel - 24/7 for months on end. If they live that long of course.

1:41 am  
Anonymous bootlean said...

I wonder if Bush's ugly mother Barbara still refuses to let her 'beautiful mind' worry about 'irrelevant' body bags. I wonder if any of the Bush family do. And I wonder if any of their partneers in war crimes do.

Rhetorical questions of course since I'm sure everyone here knows the answers only too well.

12:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what about the million plus dead Iraqis? The majority of them innocent civilians. Womenn, children, babies, the old, the sick, the disabled and frai? The evil culprits even had the nerve to say right out early on this debacle that they don't even bother to count Iraqi deaths.

And America still dares to pretend that it's a Chrisrian country. Whatever happened to the 10 Commandments? Like 'The Constitition' itself, are inconvenient sections, pages, chapters, verses, etc just 'pieces' of paper?

Ah, never mind, like Bootlean I'm posing rhetorical questions

Damn all those responsible and all their enablers, cheerleaders and various supporters to hell.

God? He NEVER knew them. They'll find that out come their own day of judgement -- each and every one of them.

1:04 pm  
Anonymous max said...

The dead.

Ours=cannon fodder. Theirs=collateral damage.


Cannon fodder + collateral damage=war profits.

End of story.

2:18 pm  
Blogger Dubhaltach said...

"And then there are more.

Nothing follows."

Quite a lot follows including nearly 5 million refugees, the fact that malnutrition affects nearly 90% of Iraki children, and that the number of civilian deaths in Irak, the overwhelming majority of which were caused by the invading forces, now exceeds the carnage in Rwanda.

We had a lenghty on-line debate about this in the forum for Gorilla's Guides team mebers a while back. The consensus was that Americans in general don't give a flying f*ck just so long as it doesn't affect them personally. That mostly the reason they're agianst the war (those of them that are) is because they're starting to realise that they've lost, and that the majority will only start to give a flying f*ck once magic headline numbers of American dead were reached we decided that at 5,000 they might start to worry a bit, but that it would take 10,000 American dead before the "great American public" got up off their ever expanding behinds and started doing something about it.

I'm going to leave you with a quote from Mohammed Ibn Laith one of the Irakis who writes on our site, I've known him from very shortly after he was born.

If you click this link to our old site Saturday, December 09, 2006 and scroll down to end you'll see how he spent his sixteenth birthday.

In the year since then:

Both his parents have been killed in the Arba'een massacres.

His elder brother Hussayn died in a cascade bombing as he and his rescue team ran to help the survivors of a bombing

Mohammed, his sister, and his younger brother Ali (aged 8) were wounded in the al-Qhilani bombing.

Mohammed also is part of a bomb surivors rescue team in February before his family were effectively wiped out he wrote this description of what it was like to be a member of such a team:

What will we talk about today you and I?

When I heard the bomb explode last Saturday the first thing I did was telephone my father. But there was no reply. Again and again and again I tried to phone him. My fingers hurt I stabbed them onto the buttons on my phone so hard. I fell onto the floor and prayed please let him not be dead. Please let it be that he died quick if he is dead.

And my heart was sick inside me. … … …

I'm sorry Richard I can't agree - a lot more follows.

2:32 pm  

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