The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

3,000 Iraq War Deaths:
Another Milestone in This Filthy War

Jan 8, 2007

On New Year’s eve, the official U.S. death toll in Iraq went over 3,000. This morbid milestone was noted widely in the news media. But both the government and news media ignored the true extent of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For every U.S. soldier killed, 16 have been seriously wounded in battle. All told, more than 50,000 U.S. service men and women have been wounded physically. More than twice this number suffer from war-related psychological stress. The Veterans Administration reports that among the roughly 500,000 service men and women who have left the military after serving in Iraq, more than 200,000 have already been treated at Veterans Administrations hospitals and clinics for war-related problems. More than 150,000 have filed disability claims and more than 100,000 of these claims have already been granted.

There are another 900,000 who have served in Iraq or are there now, but are not yet out of the service.

This is one reason there is so much opposition in the country to this war–nearly a million and a half people have been there, seen the disaster the U.S. has created, many suffering directly themselves. They are the eyes of the whole U.S. population on this filthy war.

Most of them want out of Iraq–and their families want them out, too.

U.S. out of Iraq now!