Soldiers Lost in Iraq Top Those Lost in First Four Years in Vietnam



Newswise | Soldiers Lost in Iraq Top Those Lost in First Four Years in Vietnam
The nearly 2,000 Americans killed in combat (1,998 on October 24, 2005) in Iraq since 2003 are more than were lost in Vietnam combat in the first four years of U.S. combat (1961-1965, when just over 1800 died). This total is more than were lost in the last two years of combat (1971-1972, when just over 1600 died),” recounts Maurice Isserman, co-author of ‘America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s.

I am shocked by this. We are constantly being told that war is becoming more electronic and that less people are dying now then in similar combat in previous years but our war in Iraq started on March 19 2003 that’s only 2.5 years ago and already we have exceeded casualties in the first FOUR years of the Vietnam war. We have not improved on war because we can’t. War is brutal. In addition to the 2,000 dead we have over 15,000 wounded, for what?

Moveon.org is organizing peace vigils around the country for the 2000 killed in Iraq. We’re attending one tonight and you can too just go to http://political.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=29 to find a vigil near you.

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One thought on “Soldiers Lost in Iraq Top Those Lost in First Four Years in Vietnam”

  1. There are signs that the tide is turning. The rising death toll is making some people take a second look at the war. The president will not, cannot, admit that it was a mistake.
    Nevertheless, public opinion will have an impact on the hawks.

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