I tend to read stories of casualties in the present Iraq war carefully … for that matter, I’ve pretty much always done that with any war. Not so much because I am particularly interested in military strategy, nor because I have some macabre fascination with the circumstances of each person’s death – after all, it is something that each and everyone of us will do at some point, with absolute certainty – but rather because all of the fallen are people..
People with families and friends, people with hopes and dreams, struggles and fears, people with some relationship with the divine (or sadly, perhaps none at all), people with a future.
Real live, flesh and blood people who have now stepped beyond the confines of time.
So it was with interest that I read this note in today’s morning paper:
As of Thursday, at least 3,926 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians. At least 3,191 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers as of Thursday.
3,926 people – gone beyond our reach.
Another Body Count
Next week will be the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, in which we legalized the taking of unborn life for just about any reason at any time.
As a direct consequence of that ruling we kill
- about 4,000 humans each and every day
- more than 1.1 million each year
- more than 40 million since the ruling
Here’s one more startling fact: when you do the math, it turns out that about 1/3 of the post-1973 generation is gone. Not due to plague, pestilence, or war, but rather sacrificed at the altar of our own comfort and convenience.
For Your Consideration
Making matters even worse, those killed have never even seen the light of day. Never had a chance to make a mistake, never had a chance to do something great. No chance to love … no chance to live the life which was their unalienable right, given to them by the Creator.
This was declared so in the very foundation of our country. Yet now … we kill the most innocent of our citizens … completely helpless, taken from what should have been the safest place in the universe – their mother’s womb – and torn apart.
Let those numbers roll around your head a bit – it’s only been in the past few years that I’m slowly beginning to appreciate the magnitude of the evil that we are doing as a country to our own children.
What am I going to do about it? How about you?
Lest you think that this comparison is cold-hearted, think again. Our fallen died defending those freedoms & principles that we so easily take for granted, that are an intrinsic part of our nation’s character. May we honor their sacrifice by reclaiming our nation’s foundational recognition of that ultimate human right – the right to life.