The war in Iraq is 2 and a half years old. We have declared mission accomplished, and have worked to get the Iraqi people in a position to take care of themselves. In doing that we have now lost 2,000 troops in Iraq.
2,000 troops in about 30 months. For perspective consider this;
In Vietnam, the first four years of the war (61-65) only 1,800 were killed, and in the last two years of Vietnam (71,72) only 1,600 US troops were killed.
To date, Iraq has been more bloody that Vietnam, and the medical advances have created a situation where far more battle casualties are surviving major injuries that would have been deadly 40 years ago.
Just another warning of where we are headed in Iraq.
There will be services or Vigils to honor those who have died. If you are so moved check with your local Quaker Meeting House, or the Move on vigil locator