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3,205 American soldiers killed in Iraq

134 British soldiers killed in Iraq

24,042 American military seriously wounded in Iraq

54 American soldiers committed suicide between 03 and 05.

100,000+ Iraquis killed

2,000,000 Iraquis now live in Syria and Jordan as refugees.

2,000,000 Iraquis are homeless.

50% of all Iraquis have a family member who has been killed or wounded.

5,500 American soldiers have deserted while serving in Iraq.

22,000 American military have deserted since the beginning of the Iraq war.

95 Journalists killed in Iraq

543 Soliders killed in Afghanistan, representing 15 countries, including 373 US dead, 52 UK dead, and 20 Spanish dead.

$505 billion: US tax dollars spent and approved for spending on Iraq war.

3500 War protesters marched in Chicago last week.

44 War protesters arrested on Wall Street last week for "disturbing the peace."

27% Approval rating for President Bush in Newsweek's latest poll. The lowest approval rating for a president in the history of the country.

What not to do: Hide head in sand.

What to do:

Read up and listen in.

http://www.worldpress.org
http://www.icasualties.org/oif/
http://www.npr.org
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq

Write to Senators and Representatives. You can do this via email, fast and easy. Protest the additional spending bill for the war about to be considered in Congress. And don't limit yourself to writing only to the Senators and Representatives from your district. Also write a note of thanks to the Congressmen and Congresswomen who are speaking out against the war and working on troop withdrawal. See:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/
http://www.senate.gov/

Donate to citizens' organizations working for peace, to veterans' organizations working for peace, and to organizations working to help the military personnel who are having to endure the unspeakable situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. You alone may not have the time or resources to do what they do, but you can certainly help them do what they do and make a difference in this way. Here are some options:
http://www.moveon.org
http://www.faithfulamerica.org
http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com
http://www.votevets.org
http://www.soldiersangels.org

Do one thing--however small it may seem--every day with ending the war in mind.

Doing many small things together is no small thing.

To peace.



Sources for statistics: NPR, Primero Noticias, icasualties.org, Brookings Institution, USA Today, MSNBC, BBC, among other news sources.
Image, copyright 2007, Ysabel de la Rosa.

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