Here's the Math if our citizens were killed and wounded at the same rate as in Iraq?
If Not Now, When?
Passing the grim marker of 3,000 U.S. troops killed in Iraq briefly
focused Americans attention on the war. But we live in a big country
with many malls.
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.s requiring medical evacuation
for wounds, most Americans still do not personally know a casualty of
But what if our fellow citizens were killed and wounded at the same rate as people in Iraq? Heres the math.
Last fall the British medical journal Lancet published a study done by researchers from Johns Hopkins University
estimating that the midrange number of Iraqis dead as a consequence of
the war was about 2.5 percent of that countrys population, or roughly
655,000 people. Over 90% of those died from violence.
Comparable casualties in our country
would mean that every person in Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Seattle,
Milwaukee, Fort Worth, Baltimore, San Francisco, Dallas and
Philadelphia would be dead. Every. Single. Person.
And we are just now getting serious about cutting off money for this war?
Besides that unimaginable death toll, every person in Vermont,
Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, Kansas, Mississippi, Iowa,
Oregon, South Carolina, and Colorado would be wounded. Every. Single.
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 America, when you turned on the tap you got
a thin stream of sick water; there was no reliable electricity to cool
the desert heat or preserve food; no proper hospitals or rehab services
to help the wounded become productive members of society once again?
Would we be content to go to our nations capital for a day, hold
our banners aloft, and return home? Or would we sit down in the streets
of Washington by the thousands and bring government to a standstill?
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 sit-down will be revived at local congressional offices
across America, demanding representatives and senators vote against
more blood money.
By the end of March, if we and our friends arent found guilty of
occupying a congressional office somewhere in this great land, we will
be guilty of something far worse.