Kendall Harmon put us all onto two remarkable slide shows of images from the Iraq war. The first, "The Saddest Song I've Got" is a remembrance of Iraqi dead. The second is "One of These Mornings" , and remembers the American War Dead. There are great grievings in the world, sadnesses that are beyond what most of us ever know. But God knows.
Please read the article by Kenneth Tanner posted by Kendall on his pages. In so many ways it tells the story of many of us who want to witness the human costs of war. Tanner says, "One can support the troops and (at the same time) yield to (pause for) the enormous human costs this conflict exacts. In fact, I doubt one can honestly support our men in arms without comprehending (as much as possible) the situation into which we’ve sent them. These films assist that comprehension and, I hope, our prayers."
A group stands here in the village of Lewes, Delaware Sunday after Sunday in Silent Vigil, remembering the human costs of War. But our remembering is so little compared to the living and dying in those costs.
The numbers keep growing, and now the admission is coming that Iraq is in civil war, and the deaths continue. And yet, we go on exacting those costs everywhere. Our own die, and more. Many die and are wounded in the awful wave of violence that moves out from the more centered conflicts, and the danger exists everwhere that events will get out of control. There are many places to lay the burden for the human costs of war, and a major burden is with us. We will be judged and found wanting.
It is not enought to pray for peace, we must learn to live it, even as we have no peace with the burden our own government places upon us.