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Monday, August 15, 2005

the face of a fallen soldier

Call For a Summer of Truth has posted a link to a story in the Lexington Herald~Leader about the funeral of 21 year old Chase Comley.

Just one more beautiful life snuffed out; and one more heartbroken family torn apart by it.

Church of the Front Porch has a link and the letter that the grieved and angry grandmother has written: Everyone in America Should Read this letter.

And we should; and more than that, finally, even this late in the game, everyone in America should have to bear witness to all of our dying and wounded soldiers, to hear their names and know their stories. Just as we should bear witness to the Iraqi casualties and the destruction that goes on there every single day.

No more free passes for us; the dying and the wounded are our brave men and women; included in the numbers of dying Iraqis are many, many civilians, and in those numbers, countless are women and children. We've not been asked to make any sacrifices as a whole in this country. Like it or not, that's just the unvarnished honest~to~God truth.

And people like Cindy Sheehan and Dolores Kesterson and Missy Comley Beattie and Gold Star Families for Peace are here to remind us of that stark fact by bringing their grief and their outrage to the attention of the American public.

chase comley, 21

This is Chase Comley, age 21; just one of the beautiful faces of the 1800+ fallen American soldiers. Just one of the beautiful faces of the hundreds of thousands of people that have been forever altered by this unjust war.

How can we say that we support the troops when their names, their faces and the war that they are engaged in is largely and voluntarily censored in the MSM? There's one reason why that is and we all know it. And that is quite simply because most decent Americans could not bear what they would see day after day, knowing that the reason we were given for entering this war was a lie.

We can ill afford to bask in that luxury much longer. Fortunately, the number of grieving and outraged mothers are growing and are beginning to speak out about it. We have an obligation to listen to what they have to say. We have an obligation to make our acquaintence with the day-to-day suffering that this war is creating for our soldiers and Iraqi citizens. That is the very least we can do.

photo and another post link found via Catch.

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