8/12/2005

Daily Kos: 2500 Dead by Christmas

2500 Dead by Christmas
by Meteor Blades [Unsubscribe]
Fri Aug 12th, 2005 at 18:41:46 CDT

[Cross-posted from The Next Hurrah.]

Unless something changes dramatically and soon, the total coalition fatalities in Iraq will top 2500 by Christmas. Figure, I suppose, something like 75 times that many dead Iraqis, mostly civilians, but also tens of thousands of Saddam's soldiers, as well as thousands of soldiers and police in the new Shi'ite-led government.

This week one of those American fatalities was Staff Sgt. Ryan Ostrom, aged 25. He was raised and lived in Liberty, Pennsylvania, and joined the National Guard when he was just 17. He served in Bosnia before going to Iraq a month ago. He was studying to be a teacher. Here is his photograph.

If fatalities continue at the same level they have in the first 12 days of this month, August may become one of the worst months for American soldiers in Iraq since the war began. Another 25-year-old, Casey Sheehan, was killed in one of those terrible months - April 2004.

As just about everyone in the country now knows, Sheehan's mother, Cindy, has become the most famous anti-Iraq Debacle protester so far, camping out near Dubyanocchio's Crawford, Texas, turf, where the only thing qualifying as "ranch" is the salad dressing. As in past American wars, this one has split families, Cindy's included. But in past wars, scarcely anyone would have dared call the mother of a dead soldier someone "bordering on treasonous," as that scabby excrescence Bill O'Reilly said August 9.

Daily Kos: 2500 Dead by Christmas

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