a million deaths is a statistic.”
That's what Joseph Stalin said, and that seems to be what our leaders think. We have lost 3,699 American lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives since we invaded Iraq in 2003. I fear that these are indeed simply numbers to many of us.
The American Friends Service Committee put together an exhibit that tours the country with just this problem in mind. Eyes Wide Open shows “the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty, a field of shoes and a Wall of Remembrance to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict.”
I haven't seen the exhibit in person, but I found the documentary about it to be extremely emotional. Each soldier's death affects such a broad range of friends and family, and many of them speak of their loss in this video. I encourage you to watch it and let me know what you think.
Watch the video Bringing the War Home: On the Road with Eyes Wide Open here.