Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Please read this..
Elaina Morton is not listed as one of the 2,000 Americans now confirmed killed in Iraq since the start of the war, but she might as well be. In US military parlance the 23-year-old lab technician from Kansas would have been referred to as a "surviving spouse". But three months after her husband, Staff Sergeant Benjamin Morton, was killed by insurgents in Mosul, Elaina picked up a gun and shot herself.
Wednesday the 26th of October was a day of vigils all across America..over a thousand of them in towns and cities across the was to mark the 2000th American killed in Iraq..and the tens of thousands of those we don't do body counts on..and the billions being spent to do what wars do..
Almost a century ago a man who was to die a 25 year old in war wrote something that has been humming around us these past few days..
What passing-bells for those who die as cattle?
-Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
Wilfred Owen
And so it is...

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