Feb 9, 2009
The politicians pretend the war in Iraq is winding down – just give it a few more years.
The 4.5 million Iraqis who have been displaced because of the war don’t believe it. Only five% of those displaced have made the effort to return home over the past year.
Nor do casualty figures show an end to this war.
A British organization which counts casualties from English language press reports shows that just as many Iraqis were killed between 2006 and 2008 as were killed in the three years before that.
That would put the overall number of deaths since the war began at about 1.3 million, extrapolated from the most accurate household survey, last carried out in 2006.
Figures released by Iraqi officials confirm that estimate. They say there are over a million war widows and five million orphans. That does not even include the number of women and children killed, which again puts the figure at well over a million.
4.5 million people unable to return to their homes, 1.3 million dead, more than a million widowed, 5 million orphaned.
U.S. military and politicians ask for just a little more time to pursue their war in Iraq – another two years or so. Well, the Iraqis don’t have time. The U.S. should get out now!