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2,000 U.S. Deaths in Iraq is 2,000 Too Many!


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Organize an Anti-War Action the Day After the U.S. Announces the 2,000th U.S. Soldier Death in Iraq

How many more U.S. soldiers and Iraqis must give their lives before our government finally admits that the war against Iraq was wrong and it’s time tobring our troops home now? So far, more than 1950 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and more than 15,000 have been wounded. U.S. soldiers are at grave risk in Iraq, and continue to suffer even after they come home. Troops returning to the U.S. are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and are even turning up in homeless shelters in cities through the country. The risk for Iraqis is even more severe: Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the war, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been devastated, even according to the most conservative estimates.

Meanwhile, the war has meant that precious resources are being channeled toward death and destruction in Iraq instead of into programs that could save people’s lives and meet their basic human needs. If the National Guard troops and equipment from Mississippi and Louisiana hadn’t been in Iraq, the Guard could have responded more quickly and more thoroughly to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and lives could have been saved. The U.S. is pouring more than a billion dollars a week into the Iraq war that could otherwise be spent on health care, schools and infrastructure here at home.

TAKE ACTION: ORGANIZE AN ANTI-WAR VIGIL, RALLY OR OTHER PEACE EVENT FOR THEDAY AFTER THE 2,000th U.S. SOLDIER IS KILLED IN IRAQ

The sad day is coming when the 2,000th U.S. soldier will have died in Iraq. We need to use that milestone to remind people of the human cost of the war and call for the troops to come home. United for Peace and Justice supports the calls of our member groups - American Friends Service Committee http://www.afsc.org/2,000/, Gold Star Families for Peace http://www.gsfp.org and Military Families Speak Out http://www.mfso.org - for actions on the day after the 2,000th U.S. serviceperson's death is announced. We urge to you join the hundreds of peace and justice groups throughout the country as we tell the President, Congress and the world that 2,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq is 2,000 too many.
We will remember the 2,000 U.S. servicemen and women who have died in Iraq.
We will remember the tens of thousands of Iraqis -- civilians and combatants, men and women, children the elderly -- who have been killed.
We will remember that these deaths did not have to happen, should not have happened.
We will call for our troops to be brought home now. Don't ask these men and women to continue to die for politicians' mistakes and lies. And we want them treated right when they return. Give them the benefits they were promised and give them the help they will need to heal their bodies, their minds and their spirits.
We will demand an end to the occupation so the Iraqi people can determine their own destiny free from foreign interference and control.
Some ideas for what you can do:
Organize a candlelight vigil where you read the names of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis who've been killed in the war.
Organize an event that visually represents the number of U.S. soldiers who've been killed - 2,000 candles, 2,000 pairs of shoes, 2,000 coffins, etc.
Organize any event outside of the district office of a Senator or Representative who needs to change his/her position on the Iraq war - a vigil, picket, rally, or sit-in. Demand that the Senator or Representative face his/her constituents at a town hall meeting.
Coordinate with other local peace and justice groups, veterans, and military families.
Make sure that the media knows what you are doing and invite them to cover your activities.
List your event at http://unitedforpeace.org/addevent so we can get the word out about these events and give an accurate count to the news media.

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Soon after the beginning of the war I saw a photo taken in Iraq.
It was taken perhaps 15 feet from a child lying on a table with a figure shrouded in black at his head. The caption stated the boy had lost 3 limbs, was approx. 10 years old and had lost all the members of his immediate family in a US bombing raid. The figure at the head of the table was his aunt who had survived the attack. At the moment of the photo he was unaware of the death of his mother, father, brother and sisters. I was shocked at this photo, published in Time or Newsweek. It was the beginning of a series of shocks and outrages which continue till this day. I believe that child was eventually brought to the west to be fitted with prosthetics.

For me, as an American citizen, it seems there is a moral imperative to do what I can to stop this cruelty and injustice, especially when it is done in our name and its victims are powerless to change our government. I believe they need us to speak up in their behalf. Later I learned of the work of Marla Ruzicka, which is found at CIVIC.Org. Marla Ruzicka started this organization to help the innocent civilian victims of war. She was an American friend to Iraqis and did what she could to help them. The website continues her work.

I believe in education and the necessity of an informed electorate for a democracy to function correctly. I have spent my time trying to educate people about what is going on in Iraq and with our govt. I always direct people to this website and CommonDreams and DemocracyNow.org. The need to change the immoral policies of this govt. continues. Thank you for this website and the opportunity it provides us for outreach and activism.

You Democrate leftist "Liberals" want to remember that America went to war with Iraq for a reason, a very good reason. Do you want to know why we have had to kill thousands? Uh wait just a sec.....It was on the tip of my tongue.....OH!....no, that's not it.....I've got it now!... Corporate contributers needed the profit$ after the election, otherwise known as DUB'Ya's "Republican Base".We blow it up then we cronies bilk and build and take the oil all for ourselves, and them contract's, Whee doggies! The best part is that you tax payers get to pay for it all not us!!It's a shame about all them boy's die'in and all, buuut thats just the price of war. Gott'a expect some collateral damage and all that, so you Dem's just suck it up and be good, we know what's best for you! Trust me. (God told me that!)

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