Monday, December 13, 2004

You call this support?

The New England School of Medicine has a photo essay documenting several of the nearly 10,000 US soldiers injured in combat. Much of it is pretty grotesque.

Which brings a point that seems to have been lossed on the media. While only 10 percent of soldiers in combat in Iraq have died (best survival rate in war history) the casualties have been mounting in incredible amounts, and the carnage is gruesome.

Meanwhile U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq are already beginning to show up at homeless shelters around the country. From a UPI piece:

"When we already have people from Iraq on the streets, my God," said Linda Boone, executive director of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. "I have talked to enough (shelters) to know we are getting them. It is happening and this nation is not prepared for that."

Between all this and the backdoor draft, it's not a good time to be a soldier. They truly need our support... and blindly marching to the beat of Bush and Rumsfeld's drum isn't doing it.

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