As obsessed as I am with pop culture, I'm trying to avoid becoming one of those people who knows nothing about the sacrifices being made by U.S. soldiers half a world away, and yet they know everything about who was just insulted by Simon, Auf Wiedersehened by Heidi and told to pack their knifes and leave Big Brother's house because the tribe had spoken.
I decided one year ago to add a section to my blog sidebar that shows the number of U.S. Soldiers who have lost their lives in the Iraq War since March, 2003.
As more of our soldiers die in Iraq, that section of my blog gets longer and longer. Maybe someone visiting my blog will see the number of lives lost, notice how often the numbers increase, and possibly take some time to acknowledge and give thanks to the men and women who bravely served and are serving our country. Maybe they will learn more about the current status of the war, which is, contrary to the lack of media coverage, not over.
On March 28, 2007, the number of U.S. Soldierswho lost their lives in the Iraq War was 3,244.
On March 28, 2008, the number is 4,004.
That's 760 men and women who lost their lives fighting the War in Iraq.
To those who might say that this number is low and that since the number of U.S. soldiers dying in Iraq has decreased in the past year, this is an indicator that "The Surge" is working, the mission is almost (for the second time) accomplished, and even though the President lied to all of us to start this war, it truly was and is for the best... if you might say that...
That number - - Seven Hundred and Sixty - - refers to PEOPLE. Our friends and family members. They gave their lives for what little stability and what little democracy that presently exists in Iraq.
They are more than numbers. They are heroes. If our culture was based on common sense and not 15 minutes of crash and burn fame, our soldiers would be our nation's celebrities. Not a Survivor or an American Gladiator.