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May 26th, 2008

Memorial Day, 2008

As of today 4082 U.S. citizens have died since the beginning of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 … and counting …

 85,047 Iraqis have died …

Photo Credits: John Moore/Getty Images; Moises Saman/NYT

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  1. Lateefx said,

    on May 27th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for the post.

  2. Mona said,

    on May 29th, 2008 at 5:47 am

    The Arabic on the second shot says; “The relatives of the dead should go through the clothes before leaving the room”. Thank you for the post.

  3. Lucaites said,

    on May 29th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Mona — Thanks. I don’t read Arabic but the photo moved me as one that seemed to have an allegorical quality to it. Your translation simply confirms the point.

  4. Mona said,

    on May 29th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Lucaites – I support your work very much. Any Arabic from now on – just e-mail me! The shot is amazing though – all the details for preparing the bodies for burial are there – then the grief. Again, thank you.

  5. Michael Steinberg said,

    on May 30th, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Heartbreaking images. But 85,000 is a huge underestimate. Not everyone accepts the methodologically-sound Lancet/Johns Hopkins study that put excess Iraqi deaths due to the invasion at more than a million, but virtually everyone not paid by the US or UK governments admits that the death toll is in the hundreds of thousands. Iraq Body Count merely adds up deaths reported through more-or-less official channels, which results in a massive undercount.

  6. Lucaites said,

    on May 30th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Michael: I don’t disagree. I was being conservative under the assumption that even here the magnitude of difference is hard to imagine … But thanks for writing and putting out the issue.


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