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Counting the Cost

Looking for meaning in the mounting toll of war.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
November 18, 2005

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Counting the Cost
Counting the Cost_Greg Asimakoupoulos-Looking for meaning in the mounting toll of war In this grim war
a hundred score
have come back in a box.
And still they die
while some ask "why?"
"Is Bush's brain but rocks?"

Two thousand troops
in funeral suits
with eyes forever closed.
Some say they died
for one man's pride.
Perhaps. But just suppose

they shed their blood
in Baghdad’s mud
for those who nightly dream
of freedom's prize
and joyful sighs.
Do you know what I mean?

Although the toll
deflates my soul
and renders me so sad,
I still am for
this horrid war
that aims to curb the bad.

Iraqis need
(aren't we agreed?)
the chance to fend off terror.
They want our aid.
They're glad we've stayed.
Of course they want us there.

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Brian Mack from Grand Rapids, MI writes:
November 21, 2005
I am against this war. I believe that we, as a nation, were lead into it using at best poor intelligence, and at worst downright deceitful means. I believe that their are entities within our government and corporate/industrial complex that are profitting from our presence in Iraq, and therefore have a vested interest in our continued presence there. I also believe that the forces behind the insurgency are much bigger that a handfull of rag-tag Iraqi rebels, and that they will likely not be laying down their arms any time soon.

All that said, I was profoundly moved this weekend by an audio-diary from an infantryman on the groud in Iraq, that was related over public radio. In it, he talked about having joined the army reserves in order to earn money for college, with no real thought or intention of ever having to serve in a combat capacity. He went on to say that, while in retrospect he wishes he did not make that decision, he believes that abandoning our military presence in Iraq now would dishonor the sacrifice of those who have already died - that their deaths would be rendered pointless. That we as a nation have no choice but to see this thing through.

No amount of psuedo-patriotic posturing by our president could have swayed my opinion on this matter. However the heartfelt logic of one guy who is experiencing the war first-hand did the trick.

We have no choice but to see this thing through.

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