The Human and Financial Cost of Our Wars

A. The Human Cost

1.Iraqi Civilian Deaths

2.Officially Reported US and British Deaths

3.Iraq Coalition Casuality Count

4. Gilbert Burnham, Riyadh Lafta, Shannon Doocy, and Les Roberts,
"Mortality After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq: A Cross-Sectional Cluster Sample Survey," The Lancet (October 11, 2006)

5. UN report on Afghanistan civilian casualties

B. The Financial Cost

Cost of America's wars since 2001: Click here

Suicide in the Trenches

by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
. . . .
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.