Iraq Toll

hose who died in Iraq from Jan 6 to 12:

Spc James Gudridge  20  Carthage NY
Pvt Timothy Hanson  23  Kenosha WI
Pvt Philip Pannier  20  Washburn IL
Pvt Ivan Merlo  19  San Marcos CA
Sgt David Hart  22  Lake View Terrace CA
Sgt Zachary McBide  20  Bend OR
Sgt Jonathan Dozier  30  Rutherford TN
Sgt Matthew Pionk  30  Superior WI
Sgt Christopher Sanders  22  Roswell NM
Sgt Sean Gaul  29  Reno NV
Spc Todd Davis  22  Raymore MO
Not reported yet
Pvt Keith Lloyd  26  Milwaukee WI
In last two weeks
29 were seriously wounded.
66 were returned to occupation.
222 Iraqi brothers and sisters were killed last week.
Cf:   www.icasualties.org
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2 Responses to Iraq Toll

  1. Robert says:

    This is a privet post to a group who choses to feel the pain, not wishing it but if it is to be they want a minute to reflect on the list above and those who have preceded this list.

    My question is, We have seen nearly 4000 Women and Men who have served our country die… we have seen almost 40,000 physically wounded (we don’t have numbers on the mentally effected). We hear that there are deaths to the people of Iraq many say the number is nearing 1,400,000 , when do WE the people of the UNITED STATES get to feel the pain?

    I don’t want to glorify a death, but I want a persons life Memorialized… They served because I could not I want the Plane flown into Washington D.C., I want the Airplane to stop at the end of the runway and have the flag draped coffins lowered off the planes and a picture placed infront of the casket. I want the families of the soldier to meet there loved one out on the runway and take those final steps down the runway as if they are bringing their loved one home. Then, that casket needs to be placed into a vehicle and driven to the White House were it can be received back by either the President or the Vice President and at least once a week. the entire Senate and House should make an appearance. This event should be presented live and UNINTERRUPTED on Television networks. The families will then take their loved ones home, to a privet service. We Americans have been sheltered by the damage this war has caused and Ido believe that our elected officials want to keep it this way… These individuals who are returning from War and the families need these events as part of closure and the Citizens of the United States need this to give respect but more importantly to get outraged as they see soldier after soldier pass in front of the White House and start speaking out louder and louder about the unjust crimes that have been committed upon the families walking by.

    I would suggest the same for the returning wounded but many are in need of medical attention and it would be physically impossible. We can come up with something.

    Now for those individuals in Iraq… First and foremost , Our media must stop filming these people as if they are “Meat going to slaughter”. Dignity and decorum should be the rule of thumb. As 99% of those deaths in Iraq or Afghanistan are “Collateral” (It makes it sound so worthless) THEY ARE CIVILIANS AND SHOULD BE REFERRED TO AS SUCH , there should be every effort to find the names and families and give respect to them… A U.S. representative present at there funeral service performing some form of gesture on behalf of the Citizens of the U.S. Although money seems to be the substitute for life in the Mideast I would think we could come up with something a bit more dignified. Money wont memorialize a ost loved one like a Park, hospital, retail center,or even the erection of a business to be run by the family in the name of lost citizens. It has to stop, the only way to make people realize how tragic WAR truly is would be to visualize it. The current administration certainly has made sure that this WON’T happen.

  2. barbpa says:

    Thank you — you express my thoughts exactly.

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