“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

Iraqis prepare to bury the body of Sheikh Faeq Abdullah Ibrahim in Kirkuk, about 250 km (150 miles) north of Baghdad March 6, 2006. Ibrahim was killed on Sunday when a roadside bomb exploded near his car in Hawija, near Kirkuk, relatives said.
REUTERS/Slahaldeen Rasheed

Iraqis comfort each other during the funeral of Sheikh Tarek Abdullah Ibrahim al-Obeidi of the powerful Obeidi tribe in the northern city of Kirkuk. Al-Obeidi was killed in a roadside bomb in the Sunni rebel bastion in Hawijah, northern Iraq. At least 13 people were killed Monday in a series of bombings and shootings across Iraq as US-led coalition forces were accused of widespread human rights abuses in the strife-torn country.
(AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)

Descriptions of Heaven and Hell
by Mark Jarman

The wave breaks
And I’m carried into it.
This is hell, I know,
Yet my father laughs,
Chest-deep, proving I’m wrong.
We’re safely rooted,
Rocked on his toes.

Nothing irked him more
Than asking, “What is there
Beyond death?”
His theory once was
That love greets you,
And the loveless
Don’t know what to say.
– – –
put a meaningful magnet on your car or metal filing cabinet

read Ilona’s important new blog – PTSD Combat

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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support the Iraqi people
support the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC)
support CARE
support the victims of torture
remember the fallen
support Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – TAPS
support Gold Star Families for Peace
support the fallen
support the troops
support Iraq Veterans Against the War
support Military families Speak Out
support the troops and the Iraqi people
read This is what John Kerry did today, the diary by lawnorder that prompted this series
read Riverbend’s Bagdhad Burning
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read Today in Iraq
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