1,000 and counting

Each number is more than a mangled corpse in a body bag. Each number brings with it a story, a fresco of relationships, of lives interwoven and shatterred, fatherless children and grieving widows and bewildered children. I think of a rock tossed into a pond, and all the ripples that flow outward, representing all the lives that that single soldier touched and all the people who will be affected by his or her death. Yes, I know it sounds sentimental, but it’s also true. Reading this a few minutes ago drove it home.

Dixie Codner had a question for the marines who came down her gravel road, past the rows of corn and alfalfa, to tell her that her 19-year-old son, Kyle, had been killed in Iraq. Should she bring them the dress blues, still pressed and hanging in his closet, for his funeral? No need, she recalled them answering. They had dress uniforms from all the services, all sizes, waiting back at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the bodies of American service members come home.

“What does that say?” Codner asked as she sat at her kitchen table on a recent morning. “How many more are they expecting? All I know is that there are 1,000 families that feel just like we do. We go to bed at night and we don’t have our children.”

Each of the 1,000 soldiers and marines, sailors and airmen killed in nearly 18 months since President George W. Bush sent troops to invade Iraq leaves behind a grieving family, a story, a unique memory of duty and sacrifice in what has become the deadliest U.S. war since Vietnam..

It’s so painful, so infuriating, so fundamentally wrong that it hurts. And they want to focus on whether Kerry was in Cambodia or not some 30+ years ago. We can’t let this continue, not for another day let along four more long, horrible years.

Update: Please go here to read Rush Limbaugh’s utterly repellent response to the death toll topping 1,000. Unfuckingbelievable.

The Discussion: 3 Comments

*cough* not to mention Iraqi casualties *cough*

September 8, 2004 @ 11:13 pm | Comment

As the US casualties mounted to over a thousand, we have seen how destructive war can be, not to mention that the Bush war is an immoral, unjustified one. Nevertheless, we must pay tribute to those who lost the8ir lives in their line of service to the United States. Bush’s stupidity and hasty decision to go to war reminded me of herbert Hoover’s quote, as he said,”Older men declare war, but it is youth that must fight and die.”

Besides US casualties, i also hope to pay tribute to thousands of Iraqi women, children and ordinary filks who had lost their lives in this selfish war of GWB. They had no part in Saddam’s regime, yet their homes were targets of Rumsfeld’s merciless smart bombs.

September 9, 2004 @ 12:12 am | Comment

And for someone who suspiciously AWOL his military service, he cannot understand the suffering and pain of soldiers who are serving in dangerous war zones such as Najaf.

A AWOL personnel is indeed an ironic “war president”.

Maybe because he might have AWOL, that explains the reason why he rush to war in Iraq in the first place. War, to him, is just simply a small game of massive bombing and moving in. He does not understand the complexities of war. A commander-in-chief that conveniently AWOL, that would provide some amusement to the Islamist terrorist hiding in the caves of Afghanistan.

September 9, 2004 @ 12:19 am | Comment

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