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Dec. 30th, 2003 | 12:45 pm
mood: sadsad

Their photos tell the story, describes the civilian newspaper "Army Times" which is currently running photos of the 506 americans who have died in Iraq. (Not to mention the 5000 others who have lost limbs, eyes, suffered brain damage, etc).

Apparently this is the deadliest year for american troops since 1972 in vietnam where 640 died.

I also thought up a way of driving this information deeply home.

Come up with posters like "Pvt. X died so you can sit in gridlock. Was their sacrifice worth it". (Or should that be Pvt X died so you can drive an SUV instead of a hybrid.)

Or Sgt Jeremy Feldbusch is now blind and has suffered permanent brain damage so your tax dollars can feed Halliburtons bottom line. Was his sacrifice worth this?

Since the Bush administration has been discouraging media coverage perhaps anti-war groups could have marches where the marchers show the lists of dead and wounded and pass out postcards so onlookers can tell their friends.

Perhaps the best place to have such a mobile memorial would be in front of the white house since Bush refuses to acknowledge that soldiers are dying.

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from: soulspirals
date: Dec. 31st, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)

I've actually been visioning a project for almost a year now. Collecting the names and information about as many dead as possible on all sides - familial connection, other occupations, religion, age, etc. Then doing a massive installation prject of light-weight tombstones for each of them with that data on them, and pictures if available. Letting folks actually have to grapple with the visuals.

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 31st, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)

The perfect first installation is in front of the whitehouse (As bush has aparently avoided any acknowledgement of the fatalities.)

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