Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Last night brought to a head the emotions I have harbored since March 20th, 2003.

As I sat watching a politically charged episode of Law & Order: SVU that brought with it other emotions I have yet to make myself familiar with, the war in Iraq came into my home in ways it hasn't through the nightly news. For those of you who weren't watching television last night, the plot line involved victims of a very personal robbery one of whom was an American soldier serving in Iraq while her husband attempted to live his life at home without her. This woman had left a safeguard at home in the event that she didn't return from Iraq so the love of her life could always have a piece of her. That safeguard, in the form of cryogenically frozen embryos, was stolen.

She was an American soldier leaving her home and family knowing that there was a possibility she wouldn't be returning.

At the end of last night's episode the young husband was followed to the airport by the detectives attempting to arrest him for fatally shooting the man who self-righteously stole the safeguard he and his wife held so dear and there he stood as his wife's casket was lowered from a cargo plane.

Our mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, cousins, and friends are coming home in caskets. They aren't coming home to start families and continue their lives. They are coming home in caskets. 3,931 of them.

Hours before Law & Order I noticed a link to the Iraq casualties and thought I might take a moment to learn of the Idahoans that have lost their lives in our irresponsible occupation of Iraq. Before I was able to scroll down to Idaho I was physically sick. 3,931 is just a number until you scroll through their names. 3,931 is just a number until you come to a name you recognize.

Last night as the fictional husband questioned why back at the courthouse the press hounded the criminals and at the airport his wife's arrival brought no observers other than the military officials transferring her body were there to take notice of a true tragedy I realized what 3,931 really means.

3,931 means men like Curtis Hall of Burley, Idaho. 3,931 means kids like Michael Sturdivant of Conway, Arkansas who died today at the age of twenty in a vehicle accident in Kirkuk. 3,931 means our mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, cousins, and friends.

It is going to take more than a Law & Order episode to make us realize what a quagmire we are in, but it shouldn't take more than 3,931 killed in action in Iraq. We shouldn't have been there in the first place.


Chris said...

It is indeed sad.

I don't know if you saw this, some guys at a website I used to write for put it together a while ago.

What does 2000 look like

Now, just double how long it takes to go through all those images. What I think this administration has taken away from the public is that there is a face behind every single one of those deaths.

Every American should see their faces each night on TV and realize what we've gotten ourselves into.

Diana Rowe Pauls said...

The other night a man said to me something like, "You liberals want us to leave before we win..."

Win WHAT, m-f-er?? WHAT THE H*** ARE WE WINNING?????

Yeah, now we have documented proof of the 935 likes from this administration... and these people STILL think Bush did the right thing...

They can't connect the dots... they can't accept the truth... they can't admit they've been lied to... they can't even define "win"...

And they can't bring my brother back... nor the others...

Keep up the good work, Tara... thanks for being out there for us!

Diana Rowe Pauls said...

935 LIES... not "likes"... argh...