Wounded in Iraq

I wrote earlier how I’m trying to pay close attention to the US soldiers and servicemen and women in Iraq as many of them, particularly those who are dying, are young adults age 18-35.  I read the daily casualty report from the Department of Defense and try as best I can to think about the life that has been lost and the impact on our young adult generation.  Today I looked more closely at the wounded report, not just the culmulative deaths (which stand at 2267).  How many do you think have been wounded in the War on Iraq? 

16,653 as of February 9th, 2006.  Sixteen thousand!  I’m not quite sure how this compares to other wounded counts from recent conflicts, but sixteen thousand, almost 17,000, is a hellava lot of people directly affected by the violence, the war.  This is of course just our count in the USA and nothing compared to the dead and wounded in Iraq.  This ongoing conflict, with no end in sight, creates so many ripples of pain and suffering.  I’m sympathetic with the argument that we can’t just leave the place now that we’ve gone in, bombed it back to the stone ages, and ripped apart the social structures (both physical and relational).  I’m not an expert, but our commitment to rebuilding, like we did for Germany with the Marshall Plan after World War II (with an enemy far more clearly evil and aggressive) is a worthy goal for Iraq.

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One response to “Wounded in Iraq

  1. From what I’ve read the difference between the number killed and number wounded is significant and needs to be considered because of advances in battlefield medicine over the past few decades. Many serious injuries that would have been fatal in World War II, Korea or Vietnam can now be treated. This is progress, of course, but it masks the cost of the war: 2000 US soldiers dead in Iraq is not comparable to 2000 dead in Vietnam. It’s comparable to a much higher number. These injuries are not scratches. We are talking about people who have lost limbs, people who have suffered irreversible brain damage, people whose lives will never be the same.

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