Sunday, May 27, 2007

End The Madness

Anthony Martini of Chicago, mourns his brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Philip John Martini while visiting a memorial of over 3400 pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, in Chicago's Grant Park, Saturday, May 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
U.S. Deaths Near Grim Memorial Day Mark
By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD - Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling _ and expected to rise in coming months.
In the period from Memorial Day 2006 through Saturday, 980 soldiers and Marines died in Iraq, compared to 807 deaths in the previous year. And with the Baghdad security operation now 3 1/2 months old, even President Bush has predicted a difficult summer for U.S. forces.
"It could be a bloody _ it could be a very difficult August," he said last week.
As we prepare to honor our fallen Heroes tomorrow, keep this in mind. This didn't have to happen and it doesn't need to continue.
It is time to end the madness.

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