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Friday, August 11, 2006

IN CASE WE ALL FORGOT, AMERICANS ARE STILL DYING IN IRAQ



By the way, there are many American soldiers fighting in the Middle East.

In case you haven't noticed, they get killed. A lot of them get killed.

Common Dreams
By: Jimmy Breslin
August 10, 2006

I was watching the endless television coverage of Israel and Hezbollah/Lebanon killing women and children and then picking up the papers to read almost exclusively of the same thing. I found no picture on television and almost no mention in newspapers of Americans dying.

***This is exactly what the Bush administration wants. For you not to hear about Iraq and our dead soldiers.

The dead babies of Lebanon and those dismembered by rockets are considered to be glorious distractions that allow out government to stroll the hallways that appear to have no blood on the floors.

I made a call to the Defense Department. "How are out soldiers doing lately?"

"We've had a bad month," the man responded.

"How bad?"

"Stay there and you'll see."

There now came faxes detailing soldiers who died in Iraq since July 1. There have been 50 who died since then.

We list below who they are and where they are from, and the statistic that causes all to retch: the age.

We cannot list the entire number of dead in Iraq, for 2,583 Americans have been lost so far. And counting every day.

There also have been 19,270 wounded, with such injuries as legs blown off, young men with shattered backs being placed in wheelchairs for the rest of their lives, genitals lost, brains numbed by flying ball bearings, faces left in half by flames.

The television and newspaper coverage of this has been weak, lazy, fearful. What there is of it, you watch and read with clenched teeth.

Once, on HBO, they showed a young soldier on the table and the whine of a saw as it sounded as it went throuh the bone of his leg being amputated. This should be on day and night.

The obligation of reporting is to tell and tell and tell of the deaths and great injuries of young Americans sent to die by old draft dodgers in Washington.

How old was the kid on the table? What could he be? Twenty-two?

He stayed the course in Iraq.

What did it get him? He loses a leg.

Just as he was in his great college appearances, Bush is a cheerleader for any war that can be fought by somebody else's kids.

"I grieve for the children of Beirut."

"My heart truly goes out to the people of Haifa."

The vice president, Dick Cheney, is a serial draft dodger; five deferments, a national record.

The strategy for the Middle East is to keep Israel and Hezbollah/Lebanon fighting. Keep all the attention on them. If they ever stop, then everybody would look at Americans dying.

"We didn't know," Erin Tinsley, 37, was saying late Friday. "We didn't know what they were here for. Two military women."

Erin was in the hot 10th-floor hallway of the Alfred E. Smith houses on the downtown East Side. Two doors down from her lived the parents of Haiming Hsia, an Army specialist who died Tuesday in an explosion in Iraq.

"The father let the military women in and then when they came out, he stood there and seemed fine. I thought that they had brought an award for his son."

Erin said she didn't know how long afterward, an hour, before the words of the Army officers exploded inside him. He collapsed, and on Friday, somebody from the family said that his wife, the soldier's mother, was unable to cope.

"President Bush took away my son, my only son," the mother had said.

Just this once, there was no poor, helpless family member saying that they were proud that their son had died in this war.

Don't ever say that the young man had died in vain, because that is the icy truth of Iraq that people often cannot handle.

"I grew up with him," Erin Tinsley was saying on Friday. "We went to PS 126 and IS 131. We used to run up and down the hall. Playing soldier. The last time I saw him was in April. He was home, but he said that he had to go back."

Spc. Hsia joined the Army because he couldn't make enough as a security guard to support a wife and a baby. He spent three years in the Middle East and wanted to come home for good, but part of the secret of Iraq is that we don't have enough soldiers. He was ordered back.

This time Hsia was in Iraq for a month. Now he returns to the Alfred E. Smith houses in a box.

He is placed on the list with other U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq since July 1.

CPL. PHILIP E. BAUCUS, 28

CPL. NATHANIEL S. BAUGHMEN, 23

LANCE CPL. ANTHONY E. BUTTERFIELD, 19

SPC. STEPHEN W. CASTNER, 27

LANCE CPL. GEOFREY R. CAYER, 20

SGT. ANDRES J. CONTRERAS, 23

LANCE CPL. KURT E. DECHEN, 24

STAFF SGT. MICHAEL A, DICKINSON III, 26

STAFF SGT. DUANE J. DREASKY, 31

STAFF SGT. JASON M. EVEY, 29

CPL. ADAM J. FARGO, 22

STAFF SGT. OMAR D. FLORES, 27

SGT, ALKAILA T. FLOYD, 23

SGT. JOSHUA FORD, 20

SPC. JOSEPH A. GRAVES, 21

PFC. JASON HANSON, 21

SGT. IRVING HERNANDEZ JR, 28

LANCE CPL. JAMES W. HIGGINS, 22

SGT. MANUEL J. HOLGUIN, 21

SPC. HAIMING HSIA, 37

SGT. RYAN D. JOPEK, 20

PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS EDWARD A. KOTH, 30

SGT. DUSTIN D. LAIRD, 23

PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MARC A. LEE, 28

SPC. TROY C. LINDEN, 22

PFC. COLLIN T. MASON, 20

SPC. JOSEPH P. MICKS, 22

SPC. DAMIEN M. MONTOYA, 23

LANCE CPL ADAM R. MURRAY, 21

SGT. JUSTIN L. NOYES, 23

STAFF SGT. PAUL S. PABLA, 23

CAPT. CHRISTOPHER T. PATE, 29

PFC. DEREK PLOWMAN, 20

STAFF SGT. KENNETH I PUGH, 39

CPL. JULIAN A. RAMON, 22

CPL. TIMOTHY ROOS, 21

CAPT. BLAKE H. RUSSELL, 35

SPC. DENNIS K. SAMSON JT., 24

PFC. ENRIQUE C. SANCHEZ, 21

SGT. 1ST CLASS SCOTT R. SMITH, 34

STAFF SGT. CHRISTOPHER W. SWANSON, 25

PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS JERRY A. THARP, 44

CPL. JOSEPH A. TOMCI, 21

SGT. THOMAS B. TURNER JR., 31

SGT. GEORGE M. ULLOA JR, 23

SGT. MARK R. VECCHIONE, 25

CPL. MATTHEW P. WALLACE, 22

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CARL JEROME WARE JR, 22

CAPT. JASON M. WEST, 28

SGT CHRISTIAN B. WILLIAMS, 27

May they all rest in peace.


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