Wednesday, April 28, 2004

A little bit of sobering perspective

Since loss of our troops in Iraq seems incredibly high this month, I wondered how this compared to Vietnam. If anyone fears that history is repeating, I can only point to this article:
    According to an Apr. 18, 2004 Knight Ridder story (Philadelphia Inquirer):
    The first part of April has been the bloodiest period so far for U.S. troops in Iraq. There have been 98 deaths by hostile fire so far this month, more than in the opening two weeks of the invasion, when 82 Americans were killed in action.
    [...] The last time U.S. troops experienced a two-week loss such as this one in Iraq was October 1971, two years before U.S. ground involvement ended in Vietnam.