Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Candlelight vigil for all who died in Iraq war
Today (Thurs Dec 29), 5 to 6 pm
State Street corner of Capitol Square, Madison
For more info: (608) 250-9240, wnpj.org

December marks the official end of the Iraq war, with thousands of U.S. soldiers leaving Iraq for home and possible redeployment to Afghanistan (while leaving behind thousands of heavily armed military contractors now in the employ of the State Department).  WNPJ members will gather at 5 pm today, on the State Street side of Capitol Square, for a candlelight vigil to reflect on the tragic human costs of the Iraq war.

More than 4,800 international military members have died (not including contractors), while estimates of Iraqi deaths range from 104,000 to a staggering 1.2 million.  In a recent interview from the city of Najaf, Muslim Peacemaker Teams leader (and close friend of WNPJ) Sami Rasouli invoked George W. Bush’s infamous declaration after the fall of Baghdad, saying, "In terms of destroying Iraq, it’s really 'mission accomplished."

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