The Daily News replaces its normal front page stories today with the listing of the 1995 soldiers that have been released by the US Department of Defense as having died in combat during the War in Iraq ( more have been counted but the names haven't been released yet because families have yet to be notified). We've been staring at it all morning. California is the state with the most lost men and women (215). 42 Angelenos have died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (that little talked about one in Afghanistan). Nearly 50% of all soldiers dead were killed in the first three months of their tour of duty.
Without any official numbers being given regarding the deaths of Iraqis, the non-official iraqbodycount.net thinks that somewhere between 26 and 30 thousand Iraqis have died in the war.
Quite simply, we mourn all this loss of life, hope for the safe return of our soldiers and for a satisfying and just peace in the region soon.