this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters

we honor courage in all its forms

cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.

two images and poem below the fold

An Iraqi man grieves over the coffin of his brother, who was among the five people killed from a roadside bomb outside the Iraqi Islamic Party headquarters, in Khalis, 60 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, December 31, 2005. The five people were killed when their car was hit by a roadside bomb outside the local offices of one of Iraq’s main Sunni Arab political parties on Saturday, police said.
REUTERS/Helmiy al-Azawi

Grayce Morberg, right, is consoled by friend Erik Rountree, left, during a news conference at Morberg’s home in Sparks, Nev., on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005. Morberg’s brother Army Pvt. Joshua Morberg was killed Tuesday by an explosive device while on duty in Baghdad.
(AP Photo/Debra Reid)

A World I Never Made
by B.B. King
as performed by Dr. John
on Our New Orleans – A Benefit Album

The late show is over
And the city is fast asleep
And I`m lost in a world
That`s just too cold and deep

I`ve turned so many ways
I`m spinning like a top
I wish that I could get off
Or get this world to stop

I`m a stranger and afraid
I`m a stranger and afraid
I`m a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made

I`m always chasing dragons
With a sword that`s made of tin
So I know in my soul
There`s no way I can win

I tried, oh I tried
But there`s no place, no place to go
There`s no one here who knows me
And no one here I know

I`m a stranger and afraid
I`m a stranger and afraid
I`m a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made

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read Ilona’s important diary at MLW – Returning Vet PTSD – One Soldier’s Story as well her comprehensive series on PTSD and Iraq War vets.

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take a private moment to light one candle among many (with thanks to TXSharon)

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