Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

In the last two years (2006 and 2007), I have been posting some numbers for Memorial Day, and wish today to continue in that tradition.

Number killed on 9/11: 2993 (same as listed last year). Wikipedia breaks this number down as follows:

"There were 2,974 fatalities, excluding the 19 hijackers: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,603 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. An additional 24 people remain listed as missing. All of the fatalities in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center." (Source:

Number of U.S. killed as a result of U.S. military activities since 9/11: 4758 (up from 3455 as of this time last year)
507 U.S. military killed in Afghanistan (
up from 390 as of last year),
4082 U.S. military killed in War on Iraq (up from 2844 as of last year),
at least 169 U.S. civilians (contractors) killed in Iraq (source for last year's summary number of 398 not available, but I found this number of U.S. contractors from


Number of Iraqi civilians killed since War on Iraq began: 84,050-91,713 (up from 64,400-70,540 reported last year).
(These figures are critiqued by many as being low estimates. See the Iraqi body count webpage, linked below.)


If you find figures that you believe are more accurate than the ones here, please let me know in "comments," and please cite your sources.


  1. Those numbers give a new meaning to "overkill." I'm reminded of Arlo Gutherie's line in "Alice's Restaurant." [paraphrase: I want to kill, kill, KILL!!] Funny song with a deadly (word chosen carefully) message.

    The message of the historica peace churches is needed now more than anything--not just on signs at rallies, but in our daily lives which we hope will speak.


  2. Thanks for writing, Cath. Yes, I agree.