This morning's Wilmington Star-News headline "Casualties to ratchet up..." commenting on the ongoing war in Afghanistan was pathetically cold. Perhaps that's because so few of us are making any personal sacrifice in the conduct of this endless debacle ... and because the numbers of dead and wounded mean little to many readers.
I'd prefer their headline read "More of our nation's sons and daughters to be maimed or killed in Afghanistan."
And, rather than parroting the military-political double-speak about the necessity for these deaths, perhaps they could question why we are sacrificing our loved ones and our treasury to support a conflict that has no meaning except to those who have fought there and, of course, their families.
I'm reminded of the same headlines and double-talk about Vietnam. Who, except those of us who fought there and the families of those who died, cares about Vietnam or the senseless battles for some hill or valley that resulted in no lasting benefit to anyone? We've simply switched our senseless support to another corrupt regime and substituted terrorism for communism as the reason.
Support our troops? Yes. And a good way to help is by making sure words about the war punch readers in the gut. Perhaps then readers will punch Congress and the President in the gut and get our loved ones out of this bloody, painful, grief-creating morass of death and destruction.