I just don't have it in me to believe that dead people of "my kind" are any more valuable or missed than dead people of someone else's kind. The fallen are just as missed by those who loved them, regardless of what "side" they came from. So today I offer for our contemplation two images of grief.
Anthony Martini of Chicago, mourns his brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Philip John Martini while visiting a memorial of over 3400 pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, in Chicago's Grant Park, Saturday, May 26, 2007. AP photo.
In the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, some of the students killed Tuesday by uniformed gunmen at what seemed to be a phony checkpoint were buried on Wednesday. The students, six men and two women, were traveling in a van when they were stopped by men in Iraqi Army uniforms. Karim Kadim/Associated Press