The death toll for U.S. service members in Iraq has surpassed the casualties from the World Trade Center. If you're reading this blog, you probably don't need the dose of visceral sadness and outrage that Steve Young eloquently articulates:
"Before you can honestly understand war's demands, it is incumbent to empathize with those who have already lost, and you cannot empathize with those who have suffered by reflecting on 2800 deaths. You empathize by contemplating a single death... 2800 times.
You have to see each of the 2800, not as a number but as a real person; someone who had a history, albeit a much too short one; someone who was once an infant in the arms of a mother or a father. A mother and a father once filled with joy... hope...dreams. You have to understand that the man or woman who died was once a child playing with friends, laughing, crying, absorbing an education...working on building tomorrows. You have to place yourself inside each one of those human numbers, entering a battlefield incredibly scared, breathing heavily, gulping fear, alive, but unaware that in moments you would die. "
--Via Huffington Post
With all the talk about Vietnam comparisons -- especially Tet -- one has to ask: Where are the people in the street? By this point in the war, there was mass protest. Four months before Tet was the march on the Pentagon. 2,800 dead kids; 300,000 dead Iraqis. Where's the OUTRAGE?