Saturday, nineteen Americans died in Iraq. If you caught the news quickly enough, you know that twelve perished in a helicopter crash, five were killed in Karbala and two deaths resulted "from other attacks."
Turns out Saturday, January 20 was just the third-deadliest day in George W. Bush's war. Close, but no cigar. And now the deaths are simply footnotes. Old news.
Unless, of course, you're a "survivor." One of those people listed in obituaries. The ones who, it says, will miss the person who died forever and always. And maybe these obits will say that these soldiers died after a long (or short), courageous battle with Iraq.
The survivors of the 01-20-07 carnage will have to wait in numbing grief for their soldier's body or body parts to be smuggled back into the United States and whisked away to a funeral home somewhere so that this administration doesn't have to look at what it has done for the 3,046th time. And chances are, by the time you read this, that number will be higher.
And what about Iraqis? Estimates of Iraqi casualties range from tens of thousands to more than half a million. Half a million people, slaughtered. That's roughly the population of New Orleans, pre-Katrina. Of course, the Bush administration doesn't feel much anguish about that either.
Just so you know, I almost never wake up this cranky. Most days, I arise with the semi-sunny intention of writing something upbeat so we all can have a break from the unmitigated disasters that characterize the Bush administration. I cruise the news, and within minutes, my commitment to perky fluff morphs into heavy-hearted anguish.
You know, much has been made of the anger of liberals. I just want to point out that in the matter of The People vs. George Bush, anger is inevitable and wholly justified.
Two more year of Cheney and Bush? Of their war? A year? Six months? No. No. NO! NO!!
Our troops in Iraq are on death row, and they never even had a trial. How many more will die? Maybe your kids? Maybe my grands? When is enough enough?
Some say that 3,046 is a mere drop in the bucket compared to Vietnam casualties. Well. How many drops have you personally contributed, Mr. Bush? Mr. Cheney? Ms. Rice? How much skin do you have in these war games of yours?
I'm not covering new territory here. You know the drill. So do I press on and beg Americans yet again to bestir ourselves into action? Into the doing rather than being armchair or keyboard passivists? (Oh, yes, me, too.) Or shall I simply go to bed and, Scarlett-like, wait for tomorrow?
the pain of war cannot exceed
the woe of aftermath
~ Led Zeppelin, "The Battle of Evermore"
UPDATE, Monday, January 22:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 75 people were killed and 160 wounded Monday in a pair of nearly simultaneous car bombings in central Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.
"Body parts everywhere, many bodies charred; it was horrible," the official said.
Well, thank goodness it was only Iraqis. Far away people who don't pester Bush and Congress with emails and phone calls and those pesky war protests. The Bush administration pays even less attention to Iraqi deaths than to "necessary American sacrifices."
George Bush says he sleeps very well at night. And thereby hangs this particular tale.