Tuesday, March 25, 2008

4,000 dead soldiers

posted by The Vidiot @ 12:59 PM Permalink

(If we're to believe that number anyway. I, frankly, don't.)

If I were truly a word smith, I could write something beautiful and moving as a tribute to such a sad milestone, something that would give even the most avid warmonger pause. But that won't bring back any of those sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, and friends. That wouldn't ameliorate the pain felt by those that knew them and loved them and who will miss them for as long as they live. That wouldn't erase those final moments of abject fear, pain and panic that those poor souls experienced as violence snatched them from this life. Nor would it restore the dignity, land, history, and the lives that have been lost by the Iraqi people, a people who suffered so much under one regime, only to suffer even more under another.

Nothing I could write could do any of that.

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At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Bill Arnett said...

You are absolutely correct about the total number of dead. If a troop was severely wounded in Iraq, but med-evac'd before s/he died, they were not counted in the number of fatalities. Our REAL death total is probably 3 to 4 time that figure, and the number of wounded or requiring medical help for PTSD, tinitis (sp?), and other brain injuries would easily exceed 50,000 or more.

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For someone who's not a wordsmith, you said it well.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...



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