Memorial Day

3431 members of the US military have died since the start of this war in the spring of 2003.980 US soldiers have died since Memorial Day 2006.

It is estimated that 655,000 Iraqis have died due to the war.
~ Results of a controversial study published in October 2006 by Dr. Gilbert Burnham, lead researcher for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Min: 64,351 – Max: 70,491
~ Estimated Iraqi deaths via the Iraq Body Count. For information on how they collect and analyze their data click here.

2000 killed. 4000 injured.
~ Results of a comprehensive door-to-door study of Iraqi civilian war casualities of the first 50 days of the Iraq war, including names, ages, marital statues, income and the number of dependents left behind. Compiled by Raed Jarrar, country director of the study funded by CIVIC.

$429,334,747,000
~ Cost of the Iraqi war at 9:40 am EST, Sunday May 27, 2007 per the National Priorities Project, which analyzes and clarifies federal data so that US citizens can understand how their tax dollars are spent.

This beast called war, if it does not claim the bodies and souls on the battlefield at times it will plant into the souls of the participants the cancer-like horror called post traumatic stress which might destroy not only the soldier but also all the loved ones in various ways. ~ Father of Jeff Lucey, who committed suicide after returning home from combat in Iraq, speaking at an Eyes Wide Open exhibition.

This is the most respect my son has been shown since he left this world, via George Bush. My son’s body was returned to Charlotte-Douglas Airport in April at 4:45pm. He returned to me as cargo on a commercial aircraft. My son was unloaded as cargo not by the military but by personnel at Charlotte-Douglas Airport. My son’s body was not taken off the plane until 8:15 at night. If the government is not ashamed of what they’ve done, they why were they ashamed for anybody to see my son’s flagged draped casket?
~ Summer Lipford, mother of a US soldier killed in the Iraq war, speaking at an Eyes Wide Open exhibition.

In Iraq and Afghanistan millions have shown their desire to be free. We are determined to help them secure their liberty.
~ George Bush, Saturday May 26, 2007 during in his weekly radio address.

Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis never had any conflicts in their lives and they will never have a religious war. There is an ongoing civil conflict in Iraq, and it’s a political civil conflict. It’s because of the occupation. It’s not protected by the occupation. The day the occupation will pull out their troops this civil conflict will stop and Iraqi’s will manage to deal with their problems and heal their wounds the same way they did in the last 5000 years.
~ Raed Jarar speaking at an Eyes Wide Open exhibition.

To those that have given their body parts, sanity, humanity, morality, and lives. God Bless You.
To those that give only orders from behind desks in far away places, safe from the shelling. Shame on you.

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