Monday, July 9, 2007

Four Thousand American Deaths In "War On Terror"

I find this extraordinarily sad, but Bloomberg is reporting that America's losses in Iraq and Afghanistan have just reached 4,000.

According to Bloomberg

Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President George W. Bush's ``war on terror'' in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001.

A total of 3,596 have died in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion that removed Saddam Hussein from power. Some 2,957 of that number were killed in action, according to the latest Department of Defense figures. More than 26,500 personnel have been wounded in that conflict, 11,959 of them so seriously they couldn't return to duty.

In Afghanistan, 404 American personnel have died, of which 224 were killed in action. Those deaths include 61 personnel who died in Pakistan and Uzbekistan in support of the operation. Some 1,361 have been injured; 813 of them couldn't return to duty.
Even if you don't believe in God, you might want to say a prayer for all of them tonight. You might want to say a special prayer for the nearly 12,000 who were so injured they couldn't return to duty. It is so easy for us to forget them. They must never become faceless.