Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Thirty-one died today in the war that didn't need to be.
Thirty-one lives are gone.

Half of the people who died were probably married. That makes 15 people who are suddenly without the person they intended to share the rest of their lives with.

It's very likely that half of the spouses were caring for two children at home. That makes 14 children who will grow up without the father or mother they know and depend on for love and protection.

It's very likely that 3/4 of the people who died in Iraq today have parents who are still alive. That makes 22 people who are feeling the deepest sorrow that a parent can know; that their child has died. Parents are supposed to die before their children, aren't they?

It's also very likely that 3/4 of the people who died in Iraq today have a sibling. That makes 11 brothers and sisters who have lost a lifelong friend. And what about their spouses and children?

So, 31 people died in Iraq today. And, at least 62 people have had their lives changed forever. That doesn't seem like many in a country of several billion. But these 62 people are impacting all of our lives.

They are taking off of work today because of sorrow and loss and their coworkers have to pick up the slack.
They are missing school and the big algebra test that is 25% of their grade or they are missing the school play where they held a principle roll and are forcing others to have to unexpectedly step in.
They are getting in car accidents because they are distracted and distraught and the old lady who was injured has no medical insurance, so public money is paying for her recovery and physical therapy.

War impacts us all every day whether we turn on the news or not. Shouldn't we, therefore, do every thing we can to avoid war? Shouldn't we choose war only as a last result to solving problems?

Iraq is a war of choice. Osama bin Laden does not live in Iraq, nor does he have anything to do with Iraq. Our efforts and our military should be focused on him and Afghanistan only right now.