Passing the grim marker of 3,000
To be sure, the death of 3,000 soldiers is tragic and sickening, yet we are a nation of over 300 million and most families have not lost a loved one. Even with some 32,000 G.I.â€™s requiring medical evacuation for wounds, most Americans still do not personally know a casualty of this war.
But what if our fellow citizens were killed and wounded at the same rate as people in
Last fall the British medical journal â€œLancetâ€ published a study done by researchers from Johns Hopkins University estimating that the midrange number of Iraqis dead â€œas a consequence of the warâ€ was about 2.5 percent of that countryâ€™s population, or roughly 655,000 people. Over 90% of those died from violence.
Comparable casualties in our country would mean that every person in
And we are just now getting serious about cutting off money for this war?
Besides that unimaginable death toll, every person in
Would that be the point we stopped politely asking our Congress members to please end the war, and began taking over their offices in every state in the union?
And what if in nightmare
Would we be content to go to our nationâ€™s capital for a day, hold our banners aloft, and return home? Or would we sit down in the streets of
Could the rest of our nation deal with everyone in 10 major cities killed and every person in 12 states wounded, if 216,000 doctors had left the U.S. in the last three years, and just last year 3,000 doctors were kidnapped and 800 killed; with our roads, schools, and housing falling apart; with three times as many people out of work as during the Great Depression; with unknown horrors to come from depleted uranium?
Fortunately for our individual and national soul we have the Occupation Project sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence. During February and March, as Congress debates another 90,000,000,000 dollars for the war, the time-honored â€œsit-downâ€ will be revived at local congressional offices across
By the end of March, if we and our friends arenâ€™t found guilty of occupying a congressional office somewhere in this great land, we will be guilty of something far worse.
Ferner (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freelance writer and author of â€œInside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq.â€
© 2007 by Mike Ferner
© 2007 by Mike Ferner