Sunday, October 30, 2005

Fitzgerald Quote

"I will not end the investigation," he said, "until I can look anyone in the eye and tell them that we have carried out our responsibility" -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, October 28, 2005

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Pentagon Releases Iraqi Casualty Numbers

I can't believe I saw this at the bottom of Google News, in a corner, wanting to be swept away on a Sunday evening:

(CNN) -- A recent U.S. military report estimates that nearly 26,000 Iraqis were killed or wounded by insurgent attacks from January 1, 2004, through September 16, 2005.

"Approximately 80 percent of all attacks are directed against coalition forces, but 80 percent of all casualties are suffered by Iraqis," the Pentagon report said.

The figure was extrapolated from a bar graph on page 23 of the report, which shows average daily casualties since January 2004. The chart is not exact, but the figure can be considered a rough estimate.

The number did not include civilians who may have been killed or wounded in coalition attacks, nor did it include insurgents.

January 1, 2004 through September 16th, 2005 is 625 days, and 20.5 months. Therefore there have been 1268.29 deaths per month or 41.6 deaths per day by my calculations, all numbers approximate as worded by the report.

In addition, according to the Iraq Casualty Count website 3492 Iraqi military or police have died to date. And again, it did not include 'insurgent' deaths, which occupation forces have been killing ever since the mission was accomplished.

However, these numbers are more of a ballpark figure. From Reuters:

He said the count did not provide separate figures for the number of killed or wounded and how many of those were civilians, police officers or soldiers.

The counts were based on casualty reports filed by U.S. and allied forces who responded to attacks, but Venable noted that foreign troops did not respond to all attacks.

Another reminder of the amount of suffering and death this war and occupation has brought upon people. The CNN article closes with the following:

Several more deaths over the weekend brought to 2,015 the number of U.S. troops who have died in the Iraq war, including 82 this month.

Making American casualties swell to over 17,000 killed or wounded.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The War Continues

Please take a moment to watch the Flash photography presentation by Paul
Fusco, "Bitter Fruit" and consider gathering with your fellow Americans
for a vigil to acknowledge our fallen troops and reflect on the current
war for which our country is dying every day. Additionally, this
Saturday there is a Boston rally against the war. With the majority of
the nation now against this war, your presence and voice of courage is
more important than ever.

"A War without casualties? A war where only the evil get hurt? As much as we would like to believe this, such an idea does not exist. War produces casualties and destroys lives. Since the beginning of the Iraqi war the government has consistently tried to divert media attention both visually and factually."

An obvious example of that effort was closing Dover Air Force Base to the press so we cannot see rows of flag-draped coffins ready to be shipped to grieving families.

Bitter Fruit

"This week, the number of American soldiers lost while serving in Iraq reached over 2000. While thousands of families have made the ultimate sacrifice, thousands more send their children and loved ones off to a war that seems to have no end in sight.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. we will gather for a vigil to acknowledge our fallen soldiers and reflect on the war in Iraq.

This is an opportunity for thousands of us to gather together and acknowledge the sacrifices made by over 2000 American men and women in Iraq and their families and speak out against the war." Iraqi War Vigil

For those of us in Boston, there is an additional rally this week at 11:00AM at the Boston Commons. For more information, visit

Boston Mobilization: Events

U.S OUT of Iraq Now Rally
On October 29 join with the Troops Out Now Coalition to. STOP the War Againstthe Poor from Iraq to New Orleans to Boston Fight Racism, Poverty & War U.S OUT of Iraq Now!
Date and Time: 10/29/2005, 11:00 AM
Location: Bandstan, Boston Common
Contact: October 29 Coalition

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ticky Tacky

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All go to the university,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
And there's doctors and there's lawyers
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf-course,
And drink their Martini dry,
And they all have pretty children,
And the children go to school.
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

And the boys go into business,
And marry, and raise a family,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

-Malvina Reynolds