Wednesday, March 17, 2010
March 20: A Tragic Anniversary
A shameful photograph
It was before dawn on March 20, 2003 when the US invasion of Iraq began.
Seven years ago.
We will mark this tragic anniversary with a vigil & rally at the Fayetteville Market House on Saturday March 20, 2010, 1-4 PM, rain or shine (but the weather forecast is for sunny & warm). We invite all sympathetic persons to join us.
Since then, more than 4400 US troops have been killed. Estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths due to the war vary widely; but none is small. Here are some of them:
Iraqi casualties March 2003 to...
Iraq Family Health Survey: 151,000 violent deaths. June 2006
Lancet survey: 601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deaths. June 2006
Opinion Research Business survey: 1,033,000 violent deaths as a result of the conflict. August 2007
Associated Press: 110,600 violent deaths. April 2009
Iraq Body Count: 94,902 – 103,549 violent civilian deaths as a result of the conflict.
(Source: wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War )
Approximately 4 million Iraqis have been made refugees, about half inside and half outside Iraq.
The cost of the war to the US Treasury is estimated to be at least $1.9 trillion
Our position has been that this war is illegal and immoral. The best support for US troops is to bring them home now.