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The costs of war

As we observe the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, we need to pause and remember the 2,314 American military who have been killed, the 16,653 American military wounded, the 33,679 Iraqi civilians who have been killed (iraqbodycount.org), and the $248,093,174 American dollars that have been spent on the war as of March 17, 2006.

We can never replace those who have been killed. We can hope to help those who have been wounded. We need to remember that the cost of the war as of March 17 would have paid the salaries of 542,707 additional public school teachers in California, or provided health insurance to 148,558,615 children nationwide, or would have given four-year college scholarships to 12,027,002 students (nationalpriorities.org).

Please join us in praying for peace and for the safety of those who are in harm’s way.



Raymond and Suzanne Villarreal

Penn Valley


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