R.I.P Spec Dustin Donica: 3000 Cannot Just Be A Number
by Steve Young | Jan 1 2007
I've been writing some semblance of this article to commemorate each time we reach another hundreth level of soldiers' lives sacrificed to George Bush's fire sale of sanity in Iraq. My concern has always been that we never forget that behind each number is a real person lost forever. Not a comma in history, but an every second heartbreak to every person that life had touched. Something that I don't believe this president feels, no matter what red, white and blue catchphrase he or his spokespersons use to feint a sense of loss,
This last week of 2006 brought us the loss of number 3000. The number's name is Spec Dustin R. Donica, 22, of Spring, Texas. When asked about the 3000 deaths, deputy White House Press Secretary, Scott Stanzell assured us that the President "will ensure their sacrifice was not made in vain." I'm sure Spec Donica's mother and father are relieved by the President's willingness to sacrifice their son and the others before him.
The only way that this President can truly comprehend what he continues to bring this country is to feel 3,000 times what every single one of those deaths felt like to their family. If he actually feels anyhting, my guess is the the closest he can relate to the parents of Spec Donica would be when his daughters' partying priveleges were lost in South America.
This week we mourn the tragic loss of Spec Donica, the 3000th US soldier to die in the Iraqi war. At the same time we begin the death march to 3100. So many of talk radio's Lords of Loud would choose to rationalize the 3000 killed as nominal when compared to the 55,000 killed in Vietnam. While to most, 3000 deaths are 3000 too many, to those who have not suffered personally, or dodged serving when they had the chance, 3000 deaths are also much too easy to cope with.
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