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1,700+ Dead Human Beings, and Counting

Reported by Melanie - June 12, 2005

I am in charge of updating our post, War/Dead Injured. Approximately every seven days, I go to the reference sites at the bottom of the post and gather the most recent casualty information. Prior to today, I last updated the post on Tuesday, June 7. That day, 1,677 of our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters had been killed in Iraq. Today (June 12, 2005), five days later, 24 more were added to the total, bringing it to 1,701, a sad milestone. Last Tuesday, the total number of injured stood at 12,762. Today, five days later, that number increased by 98, to 12,860.

Of course, there are no figures for the number of Iraqis killed. They don't count, even though 1,701 lives have thus far been sacrificed in order to, ostensibly, rescue them and set them free.

There are people alive in Iraq this very minute who I'll add to the count next weekend. And so it goes, weekend after weekend after weekend.

UPDATE: June 14, 3:36 p.m. ET - Five more soldiers have died since I made this post on June 12 at 7:10 p.m.

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