Read these figures and weep:
More than 6,000 have died in this war.
Deaths in Afghanistan – 1,941
Wounded in Afghanistan – 7,011
Deaths in Iraq – 4,732
Wounded in Iraq – 31,888
(figures through July 21, 2010)
thought makes at the synaptic gap.
Here is the adrenaline rush you crave,
that inexorable fight, that insane puncture
into heat and blood. And I dare you to finish
what you’ve started. Because, here, Bullet,
here is where I complete the word you bring
hissing through the air, here is where I moan
my tongue’s explosives for the rifling I have
inside of me, each twist of the round
spun deeper, because here, Bullet,
here is where the world ends, every time.”
If you missed Tom Friedman’s fine Sunday editorial in the New York Times, you might want to read it—he makes us think of the consequences of this war which seems to have no end.
Remember the fallen…we cannot forget.