Here are the numbers, from http://www.icasualties.org/ The end is not in sight. Here is the table of deaths:
Total.. ..3000....127....... 123...... 3250.. 2.35... 1382
It is hard to know what to say. I know… may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. This is real for friend and foe, and also for the collateral and not so collateral damage – Iraqis who might or might not have been better off without any of this happening but who are now dead.
Three thousand is just another number.
Three thousand two hundred fifty is just another number.
57,871, the number of iraqi civilians killed, is just another number.
The end of the year is just another number.
The numbers run by, and the sands run through my fingers,
and yet, although I know it is all simply observations about the flow,
I can’t help thinking that time is running out,
and the wonder of life is made the less
by all the numbers passing by too quickly.
For a better new year, with fewer who die this way,
with friends and family returned,
with peace in hearts of foe and friend alike,
we give our prayer for peace.