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American Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Santa Monica, California
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For more information about war, see "Fahrenheit 9/11"
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Wonderful compositions. Nice perspectives. v
Lafayette, CA has a memorial, the Crosses are more varied and rustic & not as attractively laid out. Still a very moving memorial:
....not in my name.........
I must confess it is so sad that so many lives have been lost in Iraq. Yes if one joins the armed services then the end result is action and 100% of all conflicts are ignited by government foreign policy and religion but, these young men and women who have given their lives in such an awful way deserve total respect and not hatred. The people and gov of the USA have not learnt the harsh lessons of Vietnam. It is far easier turning against the men and women who fight your dirty wars then turn against the very people who cause them. Democracy is a basic right for all peoples of the world, the biggest threat to 21st century democracy is American foreign policy and fanatical religious Zionist whether Muslim or Christian beliefs. In an ideal world all corrupt governments and religion would be eradicated along with Fox news.
hey true hero's of the United States,for those who died and is alive at home,with or without injuries, fighting in the war or still in miliary area.thankes for supporting the U.S. but sooner or later it'll be my turn.I give a salute in the parade armed/unarmed
but im lookin foward to this.i wish there was more than a thankes i can say whats going on...it dont matter ya doing great.(2,798 or more have died in iraq)hang even though i know how deadly it is right now in iraq.navy, air force,especially marines, and army i will be the best i can in my rotc,then as ya been the best in military."no one will be left behind..dead or alive.
Dear guest it is really funny that you can say such bad things about our sodiers but you cant even say your name so i pray for you and all the men that is fighting for our country if it wasnt for our men our country would be nothing that it is today so to all that is supporting there loved ones pray for them and give thanks to all that is serving!! and i am not afraid to say my name i am jessica and i give thanx to all who is serving and have served in the past!!
vania miranda....wrote a comment which is very unfortunate I request her/hism not to make such comment over died ones...........
Its very unfortunate n scar on the name of Died soldier who left their lives becouse of their nation, they were fighting for their nation n its pride, neverthless who took the decision. They were the soldier n I salute tham with heart......
Its terrifying n horrible to see the way our soldier n Iraqis [also] being killed, certainly there is a mistake done by some1 causing this bloody war, I have seen the dead bodies lyeing in several parts, I ask this question from myself why n who doing all of this, He cann't be an human being. Still there is lot of holes in making efforts to nab the terrorist cause each country seeing through their own glass, their definition is different cause their efforts r upto their line of control, I wud say we have to cover lots of mile still to overcome this kind of bloody outrage. I'm an indian but 100% human who believe in GOD........... unfortunatly theses days meaning has been changed of GOD
THEY WERE NO HEROS... THEY PAID THE PRIZE OF A STOOPID ACTION OF THE GOVERMENT... AND THERE IS NO FLYBACK TICKET...
so must waste, rest in peace brave wariors
Thanks for showing us these photos funny stuff, you joined the army not me.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!!!
United States ARMY
War & remembrance, a very inspiring gallery!
You make me speechless again Wendy!!!!! The comments here speaks for themselves...You turned your comment section into a whole discussion board....Unbelivable comments and debate...THATS what real photography is all about!!!!!
Angel Gonzalez Molero
i wish this will be the last galleri of people killed in a war, is not logical
Thank you for posting these photographs.
Yes Fergus, it is sad to listen to such drivel from you, the expert in foreign affairs. Thank God for the foresight of your PM to understand the inherent evil of those in the middle east who would go to any extreme to further their hate fill crusade. Perhaps you should reconsider who it is who spews hate, murder and death. It is your cherished
Muslim extremists, who would even kill your sorry ass if given a chance. You better give thanks every day for each American, British and all coalition forces whose sacrifice protects your right to act as ignorant as you wish.
I am utterly shocked to see that so many people can argue over so many dead bodies. I am British and refused to believe much talk about the ignorance of the American people in world matters. I am afraid that now I do believe it and I never thought I would read about so many people who want murder and death and think that it somehow leads to glory. You sad, sad people.
how sad that even after 9-11-2001 the fahrenheit 9/11 airheads continue to shout peace and love to the very fanatics that would detonate a nuclear weapon in America if given the chance ... thank God there are still men and women who know that freedom is not free ... the little michael moore fans should be thankful that brave men and women died to give them the right to whine like the little piss ants that they are ... as the old bumper sticker so eloquently put it - America, love it or leave it ... try talking your pathetic BS in Iran or Saudi and see what happens to you.
Thanks Sergeant for all you've done. F-off Wendy and all like you who would use the death of American heroes to further your perverted, socialist agenda.
W. Tracy Parnell
You hit the nail right on the head-all the best to you!
Dear President Bush:
Congratulations on your victory over all us non-evangelicals.
Actually, we're a bit ticked off here in California, so we're leaving. California will now be its own country. Of course we're taking all the Blue States with us. In case you are not aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon,
Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and all of the Northeast.
We spoke to God, and She agrees that this split will be
beneficial to almost everybody, and especially to us in the new country of
California. In fact, God is so excited about it, She's going to shift
the whole country at 4:30 PM EST this Friday. Therefore, please let everyone
know they need to be back in their states by then.
So you get Texas and all the former slave states. We get the Governator (ewh!),
stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get
Kenneth Lay. (Okay, we have to keep Martha Stewart, we can live with that.)
We get the Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite, Maui, Kaui and the great Northwest. You get OpryLand and Dollywood.
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
We get Stanford, Harvard, MIT, USC and UCLA. You get Ole Miss.
We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get all the technological innovation Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have to offer.
We get about two-thirds of the entire US tax revenue, and you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian coalition's, we
get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms to support, and
we know how much you like that.
Did I mention we produce about 70% of the nation's veggies? But heck the only greens the Bible-thumpers eat are the pickles on their Big Macs. Oh yeah, another thing, don't plan on serving California wine at your state dinners. From now on it's imported French wine for you. Ouch, bet that hurts. And that's if they'll sell YOU any.
Guess you won't be seeing any Hollywood movies soon either. But you can show reruns of your innauguration every night.....it did costs nearly as much.
Just so we're clear, the country of California will be pro-choice and
pro-family. ALL families. We'll let you figure out what that means.
We'll give you a hint though: "Civil unions" are crap. We're pro-marriage
all the way here.
Oh yeah, we're also anti-war, so we're going to want all the
Blue States citizens back from Iraq. If you need people to fight, just ask
your evangelical/zealot breeders. They crank out tons of kids they abuse, don't take care of and are willing to send to their deaths without questioning the cause. They don't even care if you don't show
pictures of their kids' caskets coming home because it might hurt your strategy.
Anyway, we wish you all the best in the next four years and we hope,
really hope, you find those missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq one day. Seriously, because who knows how many other countries those kids will be dying in if you don't! Korea, Iran, Syria, etc.
The United Blue States of California
(AKA: Canada, Jr.)
good luck, sergant, take good care about your life that you are willing to give for some wannabe-dictators
When I get killed in Iraq please don't put a cross out there for me. I have a problem with people who pretend to care about we the soldiers when they are only concerned about their political asperations. Did you put as much effort in sending a soldier a letter or something to eat other than rations, did you try to help one of those families that lost a son, father, or brother. I doubt it. You did however make a bunch of crosses with a casualty list and all you did is hurt them more than helped them. You have no right to use the memory of those men and women for your gain. I suppose this is in vain though like trying to tell the hippies they were wrong for spitting on the Vietnam vets whom were mostly drafted by the way and had no choice. So as I sit here north of Baghdad eating junk , getting shot at, and missing the birth of my duaghter please by all means enjoy your lattes and cell phones which if have found that I no longer can identify with you people and your world.
458 days in
Tim, I admire your courage and your patrotism. I would submit to you that real patriotism is to speak out when the country's leaders are wrong. It saddens me to see our brave young men and women sent off to fight a preemptive war justified by lies. As a patriot, I think that is truly criminal. Bush is a deceitful, sanctimonious demagogue hiding behind a smiling good ol' boy mask. He doesn't deserve to be president.
The moral righteousness, the elitism - its shining through with horrible ostentation. I guess we don't "get it." You will offer candle-lighting and hand-holding and wishy-washy hug therapy when what America needs most right now is a Marine with a grenade launcher strapped to his back and an eleven inch knife clenched between his teeth. But the Marine is part of some vague concept of "normative paradigm" that disgusts many modern day liberals. Hes part of the problem not the solution. Of course, few of these protesters will tell you what that solution is, but, rest assured, they know it and you dont. I am in the Marines, and I will be leaving for Iraq again in March. Thank God the election will be over and if something happens to me you won't be able to use me. I entered my name this time so you can't cry about it and delete me.
Bring on those Allies, John....
No French or German turn on Iraq
By Jo Johnson in Paris, Betrand Benoit in Berlin and James Harding in Washington
Published: September 26 2004 21:13 | Last updated: September 26 2004 21:13
French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2.
Mr Kerry, who has attacked President George W. Bush for failing to broaden the US-led alliance in Iraq, has pledged to improve relations with European allies and increase international military assistance in Iraq.
It's too bad that we have to have galleries like this which people wearing rose colored glasses don't like. The real patriotic Americans are those who don't necessarily believe our president right or wrong. We love our country and want it to stay a democracy.
W. Tracy Parnell
I see you are promoting Moore's movie so I have to ask:
Why dont you get yourself over to my gallery (TM) and debate!
Heroes like these pulled Sadam from a rathole and eliminated his two evil sons and crushed the Taliban. Thank you to all US and coalition service members, their families, and civilian support staffs. Thank you for the pictures and may God continue to Bless America.
Michael Moore is a champion of the people!! Go Michael, give it to the war-mongers!
This is what happens when a national leader starts a war based on lies. There were no WMDs; there was no connection with al Qaeda. Bush knew that. He ordered U.S. intelligence to provide him with reasons to start a war and then blamed it all on them when his lies became obvious to the world. Fact: Bush and his born again neo-con cronies had decided to invade Iraq before 9/11 even happened. When those planes crashed into the World Trade Center, Bush got down on his knees and thanked God for giving him the pretext to start the war and turn America into a police state with his so-called Homeland Security department. They should have called it the Homeland Gestapo. Bush is a war criminal, plain and simple. He should be tried before an international war crimes tribunal, just like the one in Nuremberg after WWII.
W. Tracy Parnell
I was going to make a comment but "mcguasch" said everything that needs to be said and more. We need more people in this country like you and all people need to hear the truth. Thank you for saying it!
Kenneth R. Allison
I must agree with mcguasch on this one. People should honor and respect those who have given their lives for us and those people who can't for themselves. and why people worship this Micheal Moore fellow , I just don't understand. Any educated person should know better than to believe this poor misguided man's conspiracy theories .
Wendy I came back to view this series of photos again. They are powerful, perhaps a contrasting series from the mass graves and tortured people that remain should be put up. Poor ignorant soles allow hollywood educate them, and form the basis for there entire philosophy.
Someone is still saying that this war is for Irak freedom??????
Where do you live men?????
And why they don't give "freedom" to the near Cuba? There is no petrol in Cuba?
Hurry up people. Bush is the president of killers and is the first responsable of the crosses in the photos.
for the real story.
go ask the millions of iraqi people killed and tourtered how well pacificism works
"snapshots of someone's pacifist propaganda"?
Tell that to the people I see slumped before the crosses in grief. I think it means a little more to them than propaganda.
Is any display of the actual human cost of this war -- regardless of whether it is justified or not -- to be considered "pacifist propaganda", if it sees the light of day? Are the Vietnam Memorial, or the WWII Memorials "pacifist propaganda"?
I looked up pacifism in the dictionary, BTW (The American Heritage College Dictionary -- that's the one that prints all the naughty words like s**t and f**k, so I knew I would probably find "pacifism" in it as well) --
PACIFISM: (1.) The belief that disputes between nations should be settled peacefully. (2.) Opposition to the use of war or violence to resolve disputes.
I see nothing in that definition that defines pacifism as a "weakness of stomach", or any other weakness for that matter. Rather it speaks of restraint and a willingness to communicate, both of which require intelligence and, I may say, bravery to stand up against the expedience of (and unfortunate human predisposition for) violence.
These "snap shots" represent nothing that is not true. To be afraid of these images is to be ashamed of what we are doing.
I hope our president has seen your photos. A lie that cost too many lives.....no matter what nationality they were.
there is nothing "powerful" about these images. they are mere "snap shots" of someone's pacifist propaganda.
Wendy this was a powerful, moving series of photos. As a former Military person I hate to see brothers and sisters die. For the most part those who have not served HONORABLY in our armed forces have little of substance to say. After the second succesful attack on the World Trade Center, My young Son approached me and asked "why Dad". I said Since the begining of time the Nation of Islam has wanted all non-believers converted or dead. The now have the money and the means to kill us and, they are here. You can't make peace with them, you can't just leave them alone. They want you DEAD. For those who still believe that Socialism/Communism are they answer they are ignorant. The Hollywood groups that portray US as the Bad guy in the world, no nothing of it. Go live in Pakastan, India, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Siria, Sudan etc. NOT VISIT Live there way and tell them you are peaceful and wish them no harm, give them all your money and tell them to distribute it among the other poor. Walk the streets, sipping your Late and eating your Veggie on whole wheat, tell them, and they will still kill you. You have they safety and the Freedom in this country to say and do as you please, within reason. Our way of life to all others in the world is the single biggest threat to the control they wish to establish over there own people. Oil, Gold, Silk, Cotton..Cheap Cars, Gas, Food? You have more to learn about the world than what is spoon fed to you by Hollywood and Universities. Go live amongst those people for a couple of years, if you can survive it.
I had for 5 years...............................
If you think that for each American soldier a couple of hundred of Iraqis also diead (at least) you get the picture. It's good to have gotten rid of Sadam, unfortunately the real (not public) reasons are still unclear.
Why do we feel the need to take these wonderful pictures honoring our fallen heros, and turn it into political debate? I am saddened by the people who find it so easy to put down this great nation and its leaders. America is a great country, if you disagree, perhaps you should move. Most of you have never seen the horror of war, and perhaps that is what makes America great. We are naive. The average American's idea of a problem is being stuck in traffic in their air-conditioned Lexus. So each of you, stop and ask yourself, "Is my life REALLY so bad"?
These crosses represent freedom...The men and women of our Armed Forces protect your freedoms everyday, INCLUDING your freedom of speech, which by the way, the Iraqi people did not enjoy until their liberation. These crosses do not represent our leaders needlessly sacraficing heroes, they represent Americans helping others to be free. To believe any other way would suggest that their deaths were in vain. I am a Soldier, and I have seen this harsh reality. History will show the courage that both our leadership, and citizens with "boots in the sand" exibited.
Honor these fine Americans, look at each of those crosses for a moment. Just take about 1 minute of your life and look closely. Now ask yourself, what have I done for my country today?
YES, SEE FAHRENHEIT 9/11, AND IF YOU ARE US VOTE!...
THANK YOU MISTER PRESIDENT?...
What you mean is For more propaganda about war from those that dont have the stomach, nor the intelligence, to understand that freedom often comes at a price, see fahrenheit 9/11. www.moorewatch.com
I am sorry for your loss. But, honestly America has not acomplished anything in Iraq except shake a bees nest and you only need 1 to sting you. What I mean is, Afghanistan and Iraq never had the military potential to threaten the US. Yet the US and some "allies" bombed the cr*p out of the country and have killed thousands. Yes, those countries (and others) have terorrists but, how does invading a country kill that single or small group of terorists? It doesn't, it just ticks them off more. I'm more afraid of what American policies will do in the future.
I'm having a hard time trying to find the right words so.... thanks for posting this.
Wendy, this is a great collection of images. Gets my vote!! Skillfully done! Clearly evident, as the commentary to your shots is likely long from over. It is true that the terrorists and Hussein have killed many, but they weren't misleading anybody about their cause for doing so. We have been duped - this is not to say that some good could come from our occupation of Iraq, but the cost is overwhelming and the benefit minimal. We have created more terrorists than we have killed. To that end, this effort will be as successful as the war on drugs. Screwy philosophies to maintain a power hold for select businesses (oil, defense, pharmaceutical, tobacco, liquor, etc.)
Anyone noticing a trend??:
Well done. Thank you for taking the time to post this commentary.
You have compiled a sobering and attention getting gallery. On such a controversial subject, you have modestly, privately, tastefully, and technically presented it well.
Iraqies of all gender and age killed in Iraq? No offence intented.
VOTE THE JOHNS AND GET RID OF KING IDIOT
Where's the gallery showing loss of American lives by terrorists? Or loss of lives by Saddam Hussein? Oh . . . of course . . . I wasn't thinking . . . you couldn't fit that many crosses on that size beach. My mistake . . .
Thanks for sharing these photos and let me know how hard to face your true love is gone, but always in their mind !
Belinda Lai (From Taiwan)
Very moving images.... Too bad the leader who sent these soldiers to war never attended even one of the funerals. Thankyou for posting these images... they speak volumes.
I see your photos, Wendy, and I´m sad: I think it´s death in vain! Death, destruction, hate and more terrorism.
I remember the graveyards in Normandy and say: Thank you, american soldiers, you died to help to give us back the liberty.
I have not seen any iraqi graveyard, only corpses. Thousands of people died: soldiers, children, women and civilian men. And more poverty, miseries.
Is this the promised liberty?
Thank you, Wendy.
Soul wrenching images. I lost my father in Nam, these images bring back thoughts and emotions that mere words cannot. My heart to those who have lost loved ones yet again in yet another brutal conflict.
Were it not for George W. Bush and his fearless leadership, we would probably be hailing Hussein this 4th of July rather than celebrating our freedoms. It takes guts to do what the gutless would avoid.
To an earlier poster...I would suggest do not sign up for the "adventure" if you are not up to it. We are to high tech to use a draft effectively. We need trainable, skilled people to run todays military equipment and systems. The volunteer system is by far the best way to get these trainable, skilled individuals. Drafted armies do not win many wars outside the third world these days.
The military is not a school, it is not a vacation,it is not just a job, it is not apprentice training, it is not to pay for your school, it is not to see the world. It is to defend this country and our interests and to keep the shipping lanes open. Unfortunately, depending on the times, the military has do what it was trained to do.
God Bless all of the soldiers and the families of those soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrafice while bringing the fight to the enemy. Also thanks and God Bless to all of the partners of the US and civilians who have also paid ultimate price while helping to bring stability to the region. And yes, I served and am a proud American Legion member. Thanks for the shots.
Amen! You have my vote! Kim
Powerful images. As a former U.S. Marine I am sick of the carnage. I really feel that the draft should be re-instated so the powers that be have their own children participating and maybe then we will have strong second thoughts about sending our finest off to foreign lands.
Thanks for these terrific, soul-searching photos. I agree with the previous poster. The next president I vote for will have actually been to war and knows the consequences, the terrible pain and the terrible loss.
Let us not forget that the endeavor was not to "free the people of Iraq", but to find and dismantle their WMD's, of which we have found none. This is not the least deception of those in whose hands our country rests. They are responsible for dragging us into an unnecessary war, overriding military planners' advice, and sending our troops into battle with insufficient armor and equipment while at the same time cutting their benefits.
These are the facts. Listen to what they say, then watch what they do. "The price of
freedom is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson.
In no way should we be ashamed as Americans to question or leaders, or speak up when we something that is wrong. It is our right, and it is our responsibility. And I very much doubt alienating much of the world and going to war on false pretenses has made us more secure. The repercussions of this unilateral war of choice will not be over soon, even if we could bring every soldier home tomorrow. (thanks, Wendy)
It is too bad that too many comments on your gallery merely reflect the "issues" the main media chooses to interpret from the loss of Americans in this endeavor to not only free the people of Iraq from oppresssion, but help bring about security for the rest of us. Thoughtful images certainly are present and help remind me of those from the graveyards in Normandy, and other parts of Europe currently free from the oppression of World War II. How soon we forget, eh?
VERY MOVING.I WAS THERE,IN SANTA MONICA, THE SAME DAY AND HAVE ONE SHOT IN MY GALLERY
ENTITLED RAGE. IT HAS NONE OF THE POWER OF YOURS. THANKS FOR THE REMINDER. PBASE/GALLERYS/HSOLIN
Nice photos. I would prefer to see an image of the tens of thousands of people saved by this war.
Certainly they deserve our respect... but was it really worth it?
Cesar Paniamogan, Jr.
"In peace the sons bury their fathers,
but in war the fathers bury their sons."
Thanks for posting this gallery.
there is nothing good about war . . .
give death to the word, and it will come back to you
there is much more of this coming for you
you only get what you give damn nazis
And while I'm at it, thanks Wendy for sharing these moving images. We all need to remember those that are far from home, keeping us safe.
Yes and while we're at it, lets just say that it doesn't matter what party or politician that is in charge at any given time, someone will be lining their pockets, it is a truly sad society that we live in.
Halliburton will thank you, as they all died to line their very large pockets....
I know one thing for sure, countries that sponser and protect terrorist will think twice before they send anyone to attack America. We have sent a very strong message that we will not take the attacks lying down and will bring the fight back to their homelands. Nothing happens without a price. May god bless all the soldiers and their families.
the current status: 851 dead american soldiers - i hardly doubt that bush wastes any thought about them
A moving tribute to our servicemembers that have given their all. Thankfully our president feels the pain of each loss and will lead our country to victory so their sacrifice will not be in vain.
Very moving, Wendy. Very moving.
Thanks you for this gallery. It seems unless you are directly touched by the death of a solider youdon't realize how MANY are dying there. We need to be reminded and to do what we can to STOP this "war" GW has started.
I'm glad you posted this.
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