Every life should matter to Americans

In response to Rich Knapton’s Nov. 23 letter, “Story bought into bogus death survey”: How dare he minimize the deaths of Iraqi men, women and children. So what if it is 100,000, 200,000 or one, for that matter? When they’re dead, they’re dead. They won’t come back after the war is over.

Dead, innocent children won’t be able to give those big hugs and kisses when mom and dad come through the door. Mom and dad won’t see the smiling face of their son or daughter when they come home from preschool with that scribbled picture. Mom and dad won’t get to see the first cartwheel, first ponytail, and first ice cream.

Maybe he is too young to remember the commercial on TV “turn around and she’s a young one going out of the door. Turn around, turn around, turn around, and there’s a young one going out of the door.” It’s chokes me up every time I hear that song and the vision it brings to my eyes.

The deaths of innocent children, men and women destroy that vision. Is the pain any different when it’s a U.S. soldier who comes home draped in an American flag? Does it matter if it’s one or 1,200? If you could feel each one’s pain, whether Iraqi or American, you wouldn’t cheapen the lives of those American soldiers or innocent Iraqi citizens who have died defending Iraqi freedom, or those who just got in the way. Turn around.

Steven M. Lay


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