Saturday, May 12, 2007

A travesty of respect

Photo by Tami Scilicio

I was thinking about the cost of this"war" today and came across this article about the costs to the vets that hasn't been fully realized. Anybody out there have a count on the on how much this war has cost so far and how much it's costing each month? This is not to disregard the emotional costs and the costs to families all over the U.S. What cost could you put on the loss of a father, a brother, a mother, a sister, a nextdoor neighbor or a friend. Then there's the cost of the loss of respect. The woman who took the photo above was fired because she was trying to show respect but by doing so she violated a military law. When I see headlines about casualties in Iraq all I see are numbers. Three U.S. troop died here. Five U.S troops died there. Our troops, the fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters, and friends have been reduced to impersonal numbers.

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