Recently a group of people put on a demonstration on the lawns of the University of Oregon. Surrounded by a sea of tiny white flags, a Sign reads:
655,000 Iraqis have died.
Each of the 112,000 white flags represent 6 Iraqi soldiers and civilians who have died in the War in Iraq.
Photo: Zac Goodwin
Now, I just ran a couple of rough calculations for those who might be interested.
With 4 years (roughly) minus about 150 days (generous – given the study showed up in early October 2006 and coalition forces entered Iraq March 20th 2003) you have 1,310 days of war. That comes to around 500 Iraqi casualties EVERY single day. That’s about 15,000 per month…
To bounce off a point made here:
So, when we hear the press toss realistic sounding numbers around like 1,600 or so per month – Oops! Somehow they missing 13,400 other deaths! Likewise – the occasional story of a tragedy here or there killing 30 somehow didn’t mention the 470 that died elsewhere…
Something to keep in mind during your stroll to class.