Michael Alan Hamlin

Posted on January 1, 2007

A tragic and sobering number

According to the Pentagon, 3,000 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. This is a tragic and sobering start for 2007. As I sat listening to the announcement earlier this morning, I recalled that I went to high school with 2,700 other young people. The impact of losing 3,000 young Americans would be like waking up one morning and entering an empty building meant to educate as many people. The scale of the tragedy would be unthinkable. And that, to me, seems to be what Iraq is, an unthinkable tragedy. A tragedy whose proportion is even greater for Iraqis themselves, who lose as many as 3,000 people every month.

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