Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

In 2006, 2007, and 2008, I posted some numbers for Memorial Day, and wish today to continue in that tradition.

Number killed on 9/11: 2996. Wikipedia breaks this number down as follows:
"There were 2,996 fatalities, excluding the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims.  The victims were distributed as follows:  246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. All the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed in the attack on the Pentagon. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center." (Source:

Number of U.S. military killed as a result of U.S. military activities since 9/11: 6049

1595 U.S. military killed in Afghanistan
4454 U.S. military killed in War on Iraq


Iraqi Deaths

The previous source estimates 1,455,590 Iraqi deaths due to the U.S. War on Iraq.

A different source counts 101,081-110,405 Iraqi civilian deaths since the U.S. War on Iraq began.
(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.

Some additional context:

Wars apparently are becoming more and more deadly for civilians. Of the deaths caused by each of the following wars, here are the percentages of those deaths being civilian deaths:

World War I: 14%
World War II: 67%
Wars of the 1980's: 75%
Wars of the 1990's: 90%

(The book those statistics are from is: WAR AND PUBLIC HEALTH, edited by Barry S. Levy and Victor Sidel, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.)

War on Iraq (based on above numbers using the lower Iraqi Body Count numbers): 96% are civilian deaths.  (Using the higher estimate, it is over 99%)

1 comment:

  1. Don't remember how I got to this link but read the two posts above and this, so I thought these two resources may interest you.

    Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914.
    is a reflection on the Christmas truce, reviewed here:

    And Christian Pacifism: Fruit of the Narrow Way, now an ebook on Kindle and Barnes and Noble. Amazon has a 'Look Inside' feature where you can review part of it.

    Michael Snow