At Lewis & Clark College, a group of anti-war students have placed 112,000 little white flags - and 3000 little red flags - all over campus. The white flags each represent six Iraqi civilian deaths, and each red flag represents one American dead.
The sight is extraordinary, especially if you know the campus:
From the official announcement by the college:
The Portland chapter of Students for a Democratic Society has arranged to bring the Iraq Body Count Memorial to Lewis & Clark. Currently displayed on campus, the memorial contains 112,000 white flags, each symbolizing six Iraqis who have died during the U.S. occupation, as well as 3,000 red flags representing the U.S. soldiers killed during the war. ...
"SDS decided to bring up the Iraq Body Count Memorial to create awareness that will lead to mobilization," said Lewis & Clark student and Students for a Democratic Society member Adam Sanchez. He said the memorial challenges media sources that claim the death toll ranges between 30,000 and 50,000 -- estimates that tend to take into account only combat deaths reported and confirmed by the media, according to Sanchez. He cited a recent study reporting that 655,000 more Iraqis have died since the beginning of the war than would have had the invasion never happened.
The memorial was initially organized by the Indigenous Support Network and was put on display at the University of Colorado in October 2006. In January 2007, the University of Oregon became the second school to display it, followed by Reed College. The memorial was installed on the Lewis & Clark campus on March 11.