"We're doing heavy fighting. This is a fight. There's a war on out there," he told reporters at al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq. - Gen. David Petraeus 5/27/07
"Major Combat Operation in Iraq are over" - G.W. Bush 5/2003
BAGHDAD - Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling — and expected to rise in coming months. In the period from Memorial Day 2006 through Saturday, 980 soldiers and Marines died in Iraq, compared to 807 deaths in the previous year.
HUMANS 4 - SHARKS 30-75 million
That is the number of each species killed by the other every year.
The realization that whales and dolphins are diverse, intelligent, social, mammls worth saving has been entrenched in the world's collective mind for almost 30 years and they have made a remarkable recovery in that time.
Not so Sharks. They are THE most important predator in the sea and they are crucial to the entire well being of the ocean ecosystem. They are also true survivors, the oldest creaturesin the sea. That have managed to stay on Earth for 350 million years. How sad would it be is a relatively new and agressive species, man, could wipe thme out in less than 300 years.
For example of how importanty they are to the oceans, this example. >>> The oyster population of North Carolina has been devastated. Why? Because sharks are being wiped out and thus the Rays whose population is normally controlled by sharks has ballooned and they are eating all the oysters.<<<<
Myths, fear and old appetites are destroying shark populations arond the world.
So I hereby state the new battle cry. "SAVE THE SHARKS"
Today's Washington Post