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Vigil spotlights US casualties in Iraq

March 26, 2008


Candlelight vigil mourns American, Iraqi deaths

Lawrence activists gathered this evening to mark a tragic milestone in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Enlarge video

When the number of U.S. military casualties in Iraq hit 1,000, area activists gathered with their call for peace. They assembled again when the death toll reached 2,000 and 3,000, and they've assembled nearly every week in between.

This week marked yet another milepost in the war: the climbing of the U.S. military death toll in Iraq to 4,000.

Peace activists on Tuesday evening lined up along Massachusetts Street in front of the Douglas County Courthouse for a candlelight vigil honoring the dead. At one point, about 60 people were gathered.

"It just seems the least we can do," Lawrence resident Matt Bova said. "In so many ways, it feels like our hands are tied and we're unable to make the progress that we want, and yet it's inadequate just to stay home on an occasion like this."

The vigil, sponsored by Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice, was organized to mourn the human cost of war, support Iraq's reconstruction and call for the return of U.S. troops.

Juliann Morland, a Kansas University law student, said 4,000 people is the size of her entire hometown.

"I think it's an important message to show that we support our troops, but that we're against the war," she said of her presence at the vigil. "I think the message here is it's about the troops tonight, and it's about the deaths and mourning."

Bova recalled one national magazine reporting Americans' tolerance for U.S. troop casualties was 1,000.

"We're well beyond 1,000 now," he said. "That means we're into the intolerable level, apparently. If it was true in 2004, it's got to be more true now."


stuckinthemiddle 9 years ago

true American heroes... with the kind of courage that the founding fathers knew it would take to keep this country free...

these are the people who fight for American freedom...

and... I'm guessing that most, if not all of them have jobs...

terrapin2 9 years ago

b3 This gathering took place in the evening. Why exactly are you suggesting these people "get a job"?

Here's a better idea. Why don't you say stupid things like this to yourself and leave it at that!

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

Why is there never, ever a "vigil" for those killed by the Islamic terrorists? Sheesh.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years ago

I guess SettingTheRecordStraight missed all the vigils after 911... I have attended four... so far...

even in Iran over 100,000 people filled a soccer stadium in a vigil for the 911 victims...

I think that our dead soldiers deserve to be remember... they deserve this vigil...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"Why is there never, ever a "vigil" for those killed by the Islamic terrorists? Sheesh."

Pretty simple, STRS-- they aren't using our government, military and taxes to murder people-- BushCo is.

kansas778 9 years ago

logrithmic, I think he was making a joke. We all know you leftwingers have jobs working part time at the Merc.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

"they aren't using our government, military and taxes to murder people" - bozo

This is what puts bozo on the fringe of the fringe of the radical, extremist fringe.

EXks 9 years ago

Who had time to attend some vigil last night remembering the fallen 4,000??? I mean, it was feeding time at Fixed News and then....... how could you miss watching Dancing With the Stars!!??? Really, let's get our priorities straight!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 9 years ago

So the right wingers don't believe in having vigils for our dead soldiers? I thought they were the ones who "respected" soldiers. Or do you not care about them after they're dead? You probably believe like some of the pro Vietnam people (those who didn't fight). "Now there are fewer people to compete with in the job market." That's what a hawk told me back in the late 60's. "If you bring all those soldiers home, there won't be enough jobs to go around." I guess that's what you call "honoring" the troops. They also didn't want to spend a lot of tax money on the VietNam wall. That wall was built with donations. When do we start the Iraq wall? Will you donate or are you too busy putting on your flag pin so you can show your "patriotism"?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

" let's leave and let the chips fall where they may."

The real problem is that from the start, the policy of BushCo has been "let's invade and occupy, and let the chips fall where they may."

So far, those chips include 4000 (and counting) dead service members who died for nothing but vain arrogance.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

Unlike you, PA, I'm not happy with any amount of death and destruction. When the death toll reaches zero, that will be a good thing. In the meantime your cheering on of BushCo's ongoing murder of ever more service members will remain as despicable as ever.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"How's that going to happen, is Obama going to raise 4000 people from the dead? Oh, I see, you mean daily death toll of Americans."

Is your reading comprehension really that bad, or do you just like to make jokes about dead soldiers?

"What's your threshold for the Iraqi death toll, after we leave, before you want Obama to send US troops back? 2 million? Ballpark is fine."

For someone who would clearly be happy if all Iraqis were dead, why do you care?

"You think we should invade a country, then leave the survivors to fend for themselves or die. That's fine."

The biggest mistake was the invasion. The second mistake was to think that our military can fix what they broke.

"Our military should get back to the nation-destroying business, not the nation building business."

You really are a murderous a**hole. No wonder you like BushCo.

yourworstnightmare 9 years ago

"Our military should get back to the nation-destroying business, not the nation building business."

This is about the most intelligent thing I have seen from PA (obviously not saying much).

What is our military goal in Iraq, PA? Is it to "protect Iraqis from killing each other"? Wow. Seems like an open-ended goal to me.

yourworstnightmare 9 years ago

Bushco made a tragic and murderous error when it invaded Iraq.

Keeping our troops there to protect Iraqis just worsens an already bleak, sickening situation (created by Bushco).

Withdrawl will result in the death of many thousands more Iraqis. So will a continued US occupation.

Time to get out of it.

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