Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Many faces of war

Sgt. Robert W. Ehney
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.

Age: 26 years old

Died: April 23, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Tex.

Incident: Died of injuries sustained when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Taji.

This is torture awareness month and the many many detainees snatched up from all over the world and shipped off to Guantanamo are the main focus. As much as I am against war, the pretexts of war and see no legitimacy in it as a (unorthodox, metaphysically oriented Christian) believer. I think many of the discerning bloggers and readers the world over understand that it is not all black and white and that there are many victims. I want to acknowledge these ones;

Spc. Ty J. Johnson
Hometown: Elk Grove, California, U.S.

Age: 28 years old

Died: April 4, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Kirkuk

Cpl. Jason B. Daniel
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Age: 21 years old

Died: April 23, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Tex.

Incident: Died of injuries sustained when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Taji.

See how young so many are. To me, they are victims. Yes, they choose to join the military. Yes, some might have even thought they were doing the right thing and swallowed the whole US government propaganda ("defending our nation nonsense")..still, no one wins. And another thing; just imagine and think what some of them were asked to do in the name of... .

So what are the faces of the torturers at Guantanamo Bay? Can you actually imagine there to be a real person behind it? If we would find out one person, would that not be kinda strange? It is easy to 'demonize' and be affronted with the perpetrators..but putting a face on them, making them real..that changes your perception of them. Makes me think of that CBS show 'The Unit'; the wives do not know that their husbands secretly defend their nation...a la the Incredibles...
weird. Really weird when you think of it.

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