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

we honor courage in all its forms – in memory today of Coretta Scott King

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

images and poem below the fold

A video grab from a clip — dated January 28 — broadcast by Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera television shows kidnapped US journalist Jill Carroll making a harrowing appeal for her release. Carroll tearfully pleaded for her life in the latest video released by her captors as Britain suffered its 100th military fatality in Iraq.

Iraqi policemen escort blindfolded Iraqis at the police headquarters in Kerbala, about 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad January 31, 2006. Seven suspects were arrested during a police raid in the outskirts of Kerbala and about 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and heroin were found in their possession.
REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

by Ciaran Carson

I fear the vast dimensions of eternity.
I fear the gap between the platform and the train.
I fear the onset of a murderous campaign.
1 fear the palpitations caused by too much tea.

I fear the drawn pistol of a rapparee.
I fear the books will not survive the acid rain.
I fear the ruler and the blackboard and the cane.
I fear the Jabberwock, whatever it might be.

I fear the bad decisions of a referee.
I fear the only recourse is to plead insane.
I fear the implications of a lawyer’s fee.

I fear the gremlins that have colonized my brain.
I fear to read the small print of the guarantee.
And what else do I fear? Let me begin again.
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put a meaningful magnet on your car or metal filing cabinet

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.

view the pbs newshour silent honor roll (with thanks to jimstaro at booman.)

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

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remember the fallen
support Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – TAPS
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support the fallen
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support the troops and the Iraqi people
read This is what John Kerry did today, the diary by lawnorder that prompted this series
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read Today in Iraq
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