“I don’t walk about belief – whether or not we should have started this war. Rather, I walk because we shouldn’t live our lives as if all is normal. People are suffering every moment because of this war – U.S. Soldiers and their families, Iraqi soldiers and civilians and their families – and this question of what we can do to end this suffering should be with us every day.”

a Concord (MA) area resident – in a letter to the editor regarding her own participation in a public vigil each Friday morning at the town center – ‘We Walk for All Who Suffer Because of War.’

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.

image and poem below the fold

Relatives hold the coffin of a slain Iraqi policeman on top of a vehicle during a funeral in Baghdad’s Sadr City March 8, 2006. The policeman and a colleague were killed when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle while on patrol earlier today in central Baghdad, relatives said.
REUTERS/Kareem Raheem

Thierry Wilwerth, left, looks on as a casket containing his son, Army Spc. Thomas J. Wilwerth, is carried at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in New York. Wilwerth died in Iraq last month when an improvised bomb exploded near a Bradley armored vehicle he was in.
(AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Excerpts from Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
by Claudia Rankine

There was a time I could say no one I knew well had died. This is not to suggest no one died. When I was eight my mother became pregnant. She went to the hospital to give birth and returned without the baby. Where’s the baby? we asked. Did she shrug? She was the kind of woman who liked to shrug; deep within her was an everlasting shrug. That didn’t seem like a death. The years went by and people only died on television–if they weren’t Black, they were wearing black or were terminally ill. Then I returned home from school one day and saw my father sitting on the steps of our home. He had a look that was unfamiliar; it was flooded, or leaking. I climbed the steps as far away from him as I could get. He was breaking or broken. Or, to be more precise, he looked to me like someone understanding his aloneness. Loneliness. His mother was dead. I’d never met her. It meant a trip back home for him. When he returned he spoke neither about the airplane nor the funeral.

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remember the fallen
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