Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of the Iraq War @ Normal Public Library

"the human cost of the Iraq War grows every day. How many more boots will be standing at silent attention before this war ends, before Iraqis and American soldiers are out of harm's way?" - Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary, AFSC


Each boot represents a solider from Illinois who has been killed in the Iraq conflict.



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  • panzerwaffen43 9y

    I agree that death in war is a horrible thing, but in ONE BATTLE in WWII to secure an island so the Air Force bomber crews would have a base to land their damaged B-29 returning from missions over Japan cost 6,821 dead 20,000 wounded to capture and saved scores more bomber crews from ditching their aircraft in the vast Pacific Ocean....That one battle was Iwo Jima.

    Many Marines died on a desolate volcanic island so bomber crews could live.

    Sometimes we forget that WWII cost more lives in FOUR years than we have currently lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Frizztext 8y

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  • pingnews.com 8y

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  • Bruce&Hollie 8y

    soundfromwayout Pro User said:

    "As of Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at least 2,928 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.

    I am in the military. Before I joined I never thought I would ever do so. I know people who have died in the war, and not to take anything away frmo what they gave so you could have your view. But 3000 American military lives lost isnt that much. Panzerwaffen43 was right. But even more so, look at the numbers of how many military members are killed in car accidents, accidental deaths, and how many a year take their own lives. 42,636 people..................thats the number of Americans that died in car accidents in 2004. If you look at numbers alone most things dont seem worth it......Most people will never understand. I'm not sure if there has ever been a war with so much care taken to minimize civilian deaths. On top of that have you ever thought of these 2 things.

    1... No number you ever get is going to be accurate.

    2......Every insurgent that is killed is a civilian. Unlike us they take no oath. So when one of them is killed and a news crew shows up what do you think they are going to say. We arent shooting at people in uniforms or tanks. We are shooting at people hiding amongst their own people (if they arent from any number of countries sending fighters to iraq). Also how many of the civilan deaths were caused by insurgents?
  • soundfromwayout 8y

    What's outrageous about the number of soldiers killed in Iraq is the fact that they're being killed in a wildly unpopular, illegal war. Comparing the statistics from a warzone to a nation's car accident and suicide rates is totally preposterous.

    Blkjesus, since you claim to be in the military, I'd watch your rhetoric when you say "3000 American military lives lots isn't that much." Your choice of words seems to belittle the fact that 3000 families have lost their brothers, sisters, dads and moms. At which point I ask, when will the American death count be more than "[not] that much"?

    (And we haven't even begun to talk about the number of troops injured, amputated, or disabled from the war.)

    It is true that no number will ever be entirely accurate, especially when American media outlets are pushing a nationalistic/pro-war agenda, which totally misinforms the American public.

    There are two things for sure however. Right now, we're approaching around 3400 Americans killed, as well as thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed. If there wasn't an occupation currently going on, it is safe to say that suicide bombings that kill anywhere from a dozen to a hundred plus people would diminish in frequency.
  • Bruce&Hollie 8y

    James Moody a Duke University sociologist estimates that between 5.4 and 8.2 million Americans know some one killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. 25 percent of Americans knew some one killed or wounded in Vietnam(May/June Foreign Policy page 18). And that was a wildly unpopular war.

    I wish I didn't have a job. That every nation in the world could get along and there was no need for a military. But that’s not the world we live in. Nor has it ever been. Every one has their view on Iraq and the war on terror.
    To end I will say this.
    It is not the job of the US government to make sure that troops are not put in harms way, it is our job. But only to make sure we are not needlessly sent into danger. Iraq is not an easy job, but we must look past the present hardships and really think would Iraq be better if we suddenly pulled out? If we really look and think about it the answer would be no.
  • jaguar_drizzt 8y

    im 16 years old and i know many of my friends parents who have come home from the war in iraq pemantly disabled by a car-bombs or gernades...etc.. so i know the effects of what the war can do to ppl. my grandfather was in WWII and was lucky enough not to be killed i still hear him screaming some nights about stories he was told by his closest friends who where sent to iwo jima.
    I would like to join you guys over there but because of the seriousness of my ashtma they wont take me. I scored a 70 on the asvab which is excellent the recruiters say but as soon as i mention my asthma and that i am inhaler dependent they say they cant unless of a draft.
    My friend is over there in iraq now for his 3rd tour. I PRAY FOR HIS SAFETY.



  • zjones87 8y

    They wouldnt even be dead if it wasnt for the leaders we have running our country. And to the guy who says military action is the way to go against countrys like nazi germany and imperial japan. If thats how you feel then we should be takin out, yes, America is the next imperial ones and we show this all the time for anybody who even barely looks into it. Iraq wasnt anywhere near what nazi germany was or imperial japan. They are a third world country who can barely defend themselves. Its almost like beating on a child that has no arms. America is the nazi ones and I feel so bad for the familys and soldiers who have died in this war for no reason other than neocons interest, that I feel that Bush and his people should be hung up like saddam was and lit on fire NO BULLSHIT!!!
  • osiadam207 8y

    If you don't like the war then don't join.
    If you don't like the president shouldn't have voted for him.
    And if you don't like AMERICA then get the FUCK outta here.
  • Mike M. 8y

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  • Mike M. 8y

    Okay, I have read some of the commentary here and i am compelled to toss in my nickel's worth.
    I am a Viet-Nam Era Veteran who missed serving in-country because I was in Jump School at Ft. Benning, Ga. when the Airborne was pulled out of the Nam. Most of the people I served with at Ft. Bragg, N.C. were combat Airborne Infantrymen fresh from overseas. My Father-in-Law, who passed in 2006, was a Pearl Harbor Veteran whose memoir of that event is featured on the Library of Congress' web site. I do not believe that one must support the political decision to go to, and continue, a war, in order to be supportive of our troops. I share a kinship with service people and Veterans from every era and every conflict in history. It is a truism that those that make the decision to make war rarely participate in the actual fighting of that war. Those service men and women who honor their oath and follow orders that ultimately originate from the top of the political apparatus that governs our free society deserve nothing but the greatest respect from American society, and right now that seems to be the case. Unfortunately, my own post-Army experience demonstrated for me society's collective amnesia when it comes to retaining the sense of awe and respect for those who serve, as well as a certain reluctance to honor promises made via the G.I. Bill when confronted with the costs associated it with once the conflict has ended. What follows are a series of underfundings and reorganizations and so on that lead to many veterans, whose time has passed, never receiving the full value of those promises.
    The thing is, this war is being largely fought by the NATIONAL Guard (the same branch used as a Viet Nam dodge back in my era- including by some people who have managed to scale the heights of economic and political power), the money used to finance this war has been taken from the economic infrastructure of this country and has buried us in debt til God knows when, and we got into this thing basically to "get" Osama Bin Laden. Though this kidney dialysis patient continues to elude our forces' justice, we have succeeded in overthrowing his avowed enemy, Saddam Hussein, at the cost of American lives, and also the lives of countless Iraqi civilians - at least some of whom were innocent....
    We do, as a Superpower, have a responsibility to protect ourselves, and the oppressed people around the world; we also have a responsibility to the people of America, the Beautiful - First, I daresay...
    Thank God for Honor of those serving in the U.S. Military. May America show respect for their Honor by electing responsible leaders...
  • ebiker 7y

    This is a great picture it is also a sad picture.
    Iraq was a far safer place under the madman Hussein than under the US. A country fooled by its leader into fighting a third world country. There were no alquida in Iraq they were in his buddys the saudis country. Like all of the 911 bombers that were saudis.
  • james weir 7y

    fantasic picture very emotional almost makes you silent was very helpful for my art thank you
  • digitaljournal.com 7y

    Thank you for using the Creative Commons license with this photo. This great image was published in DigitalJournal.com (The Power of Citizen Journalism) and you can see it here: www.digitaljournal.com/image/40805
  • Maria Lara 7y

    Thank God for our America and the brave men and women who fight everyday so that we may all have our opinions. I do not necessarily agree with the war currently taking place over seas but i respect every individual keeping their oath and fighting when they are called upon. I have many friends in the military; marines, air force, navy, army, and national guard; many of whom have served in iraq or afghanistan. All though they have also lost friends due to war not one of them would take back the time that they spent fighting. Thank you to the men and women who have served or are serving past or present. God bless us all and protect our loved ones.
  • mikescottnz 7y

    Does art like this make peace or more logical thinking possible.I believe it does, bravo.
    Given the latest Wall St Bankers debacle there's a sense that history repeats.For the interesting ,alternative history overview of the US or our western financial system ; that has perhaps promoted a false engagement in several wars for the bankers profits, the Zietgeist movie clips are a ? must see or allow one to think outside the mainstream or square.See below. It can't all be dimissed?

    www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_149 10.cfm
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  • lampy29 6y

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    Sad that soldiers are reduced to a pair of boots - you just can't take all of someone's hopes, failures and ambitions and represent all of it with a pair of boots because they were a soldier. Powerful.
  • anwar.alomaisi 5y

    the want to go to the war this what thy got hhhhhhh
  • JOSH Lewis 4y

    Thank You for your Service !
    Support Our Troops,Our Veterans and Our V A Medical Facilities !
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