August 3rd, 2005


We rolled over.

As of today, 2000 coalition soldiers have died in Iraq, with 1806 of them being U.S. military personnel.

Another 214 more U.S. military have died in Afghanistan and elsewhere as part of the war on terror, so the total figure for the WOT is around 2020 dead U.S. servicemen and women, with about 25000 wounded soldiers, with thousands of soldiers suffering from amputations, brain traumas, and other permanent disabilities.

In short, a U.S.-manufactured human disaster of epic proportions... which, if you add in all the innocent civilians who have died, makes 9/11 look like a hors d'oeuvre.

It should be noted that the Lancet study estimated that there were approximately 98,000 additional Iraqi civilian deaths as a result of the war in all its forms -- violence, unrest, disease, famine -- but that study only counted civilian deaths between the outbreak of the war and September 2004, leaving about a third of the conflict unaccounted for. Coalition casualties have gone up significantly since then; the last ten months have resulted in about 2/5ths of all coalition casualties, with major fighting in Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul, etc. Assuming that there is a corollary between coalition casualties and civilian casualties, it seems reasonable to estimate that if the study were done today, they would find that approximately 175,000 Iraqi civilians have died. For those who question these numbers, it might interest you to know why their findings are conservative, with huge pockets of casualties in places like Fallujah thrown out. Their findings are also consistant with the findings of the New England Journal of Medicine, which did a study that tallied, amongst other things, the percentage of returning military who claimed to have killed non-combatants.

So... was the conflict worth it? Is it going to be any more worth it tomorrow when more people die? How many deaths are, in your opinion, "acceptable losses"?