Memorial Day mini-reality check: "Mission accomplished!" in Iraq

by: Paul Rosenberg

Mon May 31, 2010 at 12:00



And Afghanistan is/will be different, how?

Paul Rosenberg :: Memorial Day mini-reality check: "Mission accomplished!" in Iraq


Arlington West

Each Sunday from sunrise to sunset, a temporary memorial appears next to the world-famous pier at Santa Monica, California. This memorial, known as Arlington West, a project of Veterans For Peace, offers visitors a graceful, visually and emotionally powerful, place for reflection.

Arlington West Mission Statement

In accordance with the Veterans For Peace Statement of Purpose, the Arlington West Mission Statement is to honor the fallen and wounded to provide a place to grieve to acknowledge the human cost of war to encourage dialogue among people with varied points of view to educate the public about the needs of those returning from war.


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This speaks to an impressive and lovely diligence. (0.00 / 0)
Thanks so much for sharing this.

thanks for this (0.00 / 0)
civilian deaths please :)

Not Really Possible, Unfortunately (0.00 / 0)
I wanted to stick with verifiable comparisons.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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spoken like a quantitative social scientist :) (0.00 / 0)
give us some rough estimates.  it's important and regardless of the source you use, they are far far far higher than the u.s. troop deaths, which is important.

sometimes quick and dirty works better than leaving it out altogether, but your post, your call.


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DIY (0.00 / 0)
After all, that's why God invented comments.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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sure, as long as you agree to put it in the post (0.00 / 0)
that's why God invented critics. :)

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I'll Be Happy To (0.00 / 0)
But by then, no one will see it.

On a more productive topic, I totally lost track of where we were on that diary you were working on.  I thought you were going to give it another pass & then get back to me.  Please get back to me by email.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3


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Estimates of civilian deaths (0.00 / 0)
Iraq Body Count (http://www.iraqbodycount.org/database/):

7,419 violent civilian deaths through April 30, 2003
97,987 violent civilian deaths since May 1 2003

Totals comparing various counts, with source and date of estimate (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... which will give a sense of where the Iraq Body Count numbers stack up compared to others (date of estimate is important in comparing!):


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 95,888 - 104,595 violent civilian deaths as a result of the conflict. April 2010"




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