Monday, January 22, 2007
Spanky's Coming Home!!!
Daily I check Iraq Coalition Casualties Count Website
On days when the links take me to NAME NOT RELEASED YET - Al Anbar Province. It'll say something about a unit other than Grant's.
On days when there HAVE been casualties in his own unit, he's been able to call or e-mail pretty quickly to assure us of his safety. (if simply surviving can be called "safe".)
So almost every day I'm face with the mixed emotions of worry, relief and then...guilt.
Of the hundreds of thousands of other parents out there, the untold thousands of husbands, wives, children, friends and relatives who go through this same thing each day, those who are connected to 2.36 soldiers, sailors and airmen don't get the relief I got yesterday.
They get "the visit". The families of the wounded get "the call". Many thousands more, connected to the lives of names we can barely pronounce, much less hold in our hearts, the children of the lands we've invaded, don't even get that much.
There is a great deal of guilt in the relief.
May they all come home, indeed. May we cherish our children, our partners, our friends and our parents so much that we'll NEVER, EVER find reason to send them off to kill someone else's children, partners, friends and families for a handful of lies, for the bolstering of a tyrant's ego, for the glory of some imagined vengeful god, for the profit of warmongers, for the hubris of politicians. (but I repeat myself)
May any god whose name has been used to justify violence and the murder of innocents bring its wrath down on those arrogant enough to claim to know god's mind!
May all Mother's fears be lifted, may a global peace someday reflect in the softness of a child's sleeping face, a father's gentle touch.