Activists Express Outrage at Rising Death Toll
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Twenty-nine months after President Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq, while standing dressed up as a soldier under a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, the number of Iraqis killed far surpasses 100,000. Iraqi villages and cities have been completely destroyed, families torn apart, children killed, parents tortured.
The number of U.S. war dead has now reached 2,000. More than 1,860 U.S. servicemen and women have died since Bush’s odious photo-op session on the aircraft.
Public opinion in the United States has decisively turned against the war in Iraq just as it turned against the war in Vietnam three decades ago. U.S. troops should be brought out of Iraq immediately. The people of Iraq should be paid reparations for the wholesale destruction of their country and the staggering loss of human life. Bush, Cheney and other officials in the Bush administration should be held accountable for their criminal conduct.
None of the mothers, fathers and loved ones of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq will ever forget that Bush, in an example of extreme arrogance on July 2, 2003, told the Iraqi armed resistance “bring ‘em on.” Bush and Cheney are willing to fight this illegal war until the last drop of other people’s blood. As the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq hits the 2,000 figure, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and VoteNoWar members and supporters are coming out in local protests against the illegal and criminal war and occupation in Iraq. These local protests come on the heels of the September 24 demonstrations, when more than 300,000 people surrounded the White House, and tens of thousands more protested in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.
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