The Scriptorium

10/25/2005

U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Reach 2000

Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 4:37 pm

At a time when all Americans should be prayerfully considering the families of those who have given their lives in service to their country, as well as lifting up those who continue to risk their lives, the MSM and the agenda-driven liberals are jumping on the “grim milestone” bandwagon, touting the 2000th U.S. military death in Iraq as an occasion to press their agenda for complete withdrawl. The American Friends Service Committee (aka, the Quakers) have teamed up with other pacifist organizations to hold vigils (parties) tonight. They’re inviting attendees to “have fun…in a peaceful atmosphere“. Regardless of one’s political beliefs or agenda, using the death of a soldier as an occassion to “have fun” is despicable and immoral.

While the media is parroting the words “grim milestone” ad nauseum (just do a google search for grim+milestone+Iraq), an Army Lieutenant Colonel has some words of wisdom for everyone to consider:

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, director of the force’s combined press center, described the number as an “artificial mark on the wall.”

“I ask that when you report on the events, take a moment to think about the effects on the families and those serving in Iraq,” Boylan said in an e-mail. “The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives.

“The 2,000th Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine that is killed in action is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations,” Boylan wrote.

He complained that the true milestones of the war were “rarely covered or discussed,” and said they included the troops who had volunteered to serve, the families of those that have been deployed for a year or more, and the Iraqis who have sought at great risk to restore normalcy to their country.

Boylan said they included Iraqis who sought to join the security forces and had became daily targets for insurgent attacks at recruiting centers, those who turned out to vote in the constitutional referendum, and those who chose to risk their lives by joining the government.

“Celebrate the daily milestones, the accomplishments they have secured and look to the future of a free and democratic Iraq and to the day that all of our troops return home to the heroes welcome they deserve,” Boylan wrote.

Amen, Colonel Boylan. May the Lord grant peace to those who have lost loved ones, and may he watch over those still in harm’s way.

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