Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated – A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualties have been significantly under-reported. Casualties are reported at 50,000 to over 100,000, but may be much higher. Some informed estimates place Iraqi civilian casualities at over 600,000.
Non-U.S. Troop Casualties – Total 316, with 179 from the UK
US Troops Wounded – 31,430, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries (total excludes psychological injuries)
US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems – 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home
Quotes from Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey
Mayor Booker is currently rebuilding the City of Newark, New Jersey. He is faced with a city that has long been considered one of the laggards in American society. The city is predominantly African American with perhaps the highest unemployment and crime rates in the U.S. It is one of the hardest hit cities by the economic recession. He was invited by President Obama to be part of his team but he refused stating that he still has unfinished business to do for his beloved city.
The following are a few excerpts from his interview with John King of CNN:
I believe, we as a nation, we often damn ourselves with low expectations.
Americans are at their best when they lift their vision to a higher plain.
What’s the risk of hoping too much? What is the risk of a slave who hoped for one day being free?
I would rather be a person who would want to make change and not win, than be a person that sits out a big fight and lose a part of myself.
You can’t have great victories if you don’t take on great battles.