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Come to the COUNTING THE COST Event

Come to the COUNTING THE COST Event
Sunday May 15th, 1PM, the Town Clock

More than 100,00 civilians have died in Iraq - it is estimated that at least a third of those were children.
Sunday May 15th, 1PM, the Town Clock

More than 100,00 civilians have died in Iraq - it is estimated that at least a third of those were children.

Over 1600 American soldiers have also been killed.

Come to the Count the Cost event and show your solidarity. This is a nationally coordinated event (see info below) and some of us are getting numbers from the national web site, but ALL are welcome to come and participate!!

We will gather at 1PM at the Town Clock and walk down Pacific Avenue from there handing out leaflets.

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). PLEASE JOIN US!

Dear Concerned Citizen,

We are entering the third year of President Bush's Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On Sunday May 15th, 2005, in protest of the rising death toll and the continued occupation of Iraq, people around the country will wear numbers symbolizing the 100,000+ civilians and soldiers who have died since the beginning of the war. SIGN-UP NOW at so we can send you your number right away.

At this moment, many Americans believe that the war is over. They think that relatively few civilians and soldiers have died. They think that U.S. interests and Iraqi interests are best served by the continued occupation of Iraq.
This is not the reality. We now know that over 100,000 Iraqi citizens have been killed since the beginning of the war. Over 1,500 U.S. soldiers have died. Countless others have been wounded and maimed. And, although the pictures are not shown on TV, large numbers of Iraqi citizens and U.S. soldiers continue to die.

Join the struggle to expose the reality of the death and devastation of the Iraq war. Stand up and be counted on May 8. Wear a number representing one of the over 101,700 Iraqi citizens, U.S. soldiers, coalition soldiers, and other international civilians who have been killed in the war in Iraq. Whether you join a local action calling for the end of the war or spend the day talking to your neighbors about it, make your voice heard.

Together we can show that the cost of the war is too high. Together we can convince our communities that NOW is the time for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the establishment of a transitional force not dominated by U.S. interests, and a commitment on the part of the U.S. to provide financial assistance for rebuilding Iraq.

SIGN-UP NOW at and we will send you your number to wear on May 8.
Don't forget to send this email on to a friend who can join us.
c/o Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
12218 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
annie (at) or countthecost (at)
Annie Juergens-Behr


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100,000 dead?

I'm looking at the Iraq body count here at IMC and it says min: 21,152 and Max: 24,009

100,000 must be counting back to 1990 and estimated deaths under sanctions.

I think we should keep a separate count of those killed by direct violence.

Re: Come to the COUNTING THE COST Event

Medical professionals did a scientific study this fall and estimated that the death toll as of Fall 2004 in Iraq since the beginning of Gulf War II was in excess of 100,000. This study was deemed respectable enough to be published in Britain's premiere, peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet.

Based on the rate of death for the Iraqis in this study, it is safe to assume that at least 150,000 Iraqis have most likely died as a result of the war up to this point in time (my estimate.) In every single war, casuality estimates given *during* the war are almost always less than the actual death toll. The hidden bloodbath that took place in Europe during WWII is a perfect example.

The Iraqi Death toll on the site here and found on many other sites throughout the Internet bases it's figures on officially reported deaths. While I think it is good that someone is keeping track of "official" death counts, there is reputable information that would indicate the actual numbers much higher.


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