O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace (BCP 99).
Josh Thomas and the good folks at dailyoffice.org continue to publish each week the names of military personnel killed in the war in Afghanistan, and they provide links to the total human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7 More Lost in Afghan War; They Have Names
Total War Deaths: 7977
Iraq: Total Deaths: 4804
-no casualties this past week
Afghanistan: Total Deaths: 3173
CANTU, Shane W., 20, PFC, US Army, Corunna, MI, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
SCHMIDT, Jonathan P., 28, SSGT, Petersburg, VA, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command
BORDER, Jeremie S., SSGT, age not given, US Army, Mesquite, TX, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
ROOKEY, Kyle R., 23, SPEC, US Army, Oswego, NY, 4th Infantry Division
TERWISKE, Alec R., 21, LCPL, USMC, Dubois, IN, I Marine Expeditionary Force
MONTENEGRO, Jr., Jose L., 31, CWO2, US Army, Houston, TX, 82nd Airborne Division
RAMIREZ, Thalia S., 28, CWO2, US Army, San Antonio, TX, 82nd Airborne Division
Total Coalition Deaths, non-U.S. : Iraq, 318 (UK 179, Italy, 33, Poland 30) as of February 24, 2009
Total Coalition Deaths, non-U.S.: Afghanistan: 1059 (UK 425, Canada 158, France 88) as of August 20, 2012
Human Costs of War:
* more than 99,000 injured and 552,000 disability claims
* rates of suicide, divorce, and spousal or child abuse have doubled or more among military families since the wars began
Source: “Costs of War,” Eisenhower Study Group, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, June 2011
* Other reports have found that at least 217,000 of the 1.6 million troops that have returned from the wars suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), 165,000 have been diagnosed with depression, and 1,600 have lost at least one limb.
Source: The New York Times
Estimates of civilian casualties in Iraq range from 105,000 to 1,033,000 For information, click here.
Estimates of civilian casualties in Afghanistan range from 17,000 to 37,000 For information, click here.
For Peace Among the Nations
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (BCP 816)
For our Enemies
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (BCP 816)