Thursday, August 04, 2005

A Personal War

In the wake of the tragic deaths of 21 US Marines in Iraq in the past few days, a spokesperson for an Ohio mayor (whose son is also over there) stated that the war is becoming more personal.

Excuse me.

War is always personal. These soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors did not erupt from the ground at the President's order. They are Americans, citizens, just like us.

They are our brothers, sisters, cousins, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.

In Ohio and Georgia, twenty-one families are in mourning. To them, this war is intensely personal. If the war does not seem personal to the vast majority of Americans, it is because only a small fraction of our citizenry is actually fighting. There is a disconnect here.

I have no children, no one to sacrifice to Mars on behalf of this country. But I feel those deaths keenly, the more so since they are dying for a lie.

I can understand why the President will not attend any military funerals. The corpses of those he has ordered to their deaths would rise from the soil and accuse him to his face.


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