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  •  After 9/11, TV news anchors made news and (17+ / 0-)

    as a side effect, drummed up support for the coming invasion of Iraq, by reading aloud (and scrolling on the screen) the names of the more than 3,000 who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in New York & D.C. and the downed plane in Pennsylvania.

    I believe it's time some TV news anchor takes up that idea and reads aloud and scrolls the names of the Americans who have now lost their lives whilst wearing the Uniform of the Armed Forces of The United States in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Haven't their families lost just as much as those who lost loved ones in those terrible domestic attacks? Don't they deserve at least as much national mention as the civilians whose deaths eventually begat their own?

    That first image? I saw it yesterday via a Tweet. Then, as now, I am conflicted over viewing these images. There is, it seems to me, an invasion of private grief implicit in viewing them. But how else to see, viscerally, the grief which these families and friends are enduring on behalf of all of the rest of us, in the name of 'national security' - or at least, so we have been told.

    My deepest condolences to all those who have lost someone in these terrible Wars, and also to those families who have a wounded warrior home at last, needing special care for the rest of their lives. To my own cousin, Robert, still recovering from the aftermath of an IED. How I wish these days had never come.

    There is an old saying, "there's time enough for war".

    I'd like to ask, "Is there time enough for peace?" We surely need some in this troubled world.


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 11:54:34 AM PDT

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