As a child I remember my father getting a book from the Government Printing Office cataloging the effects of the blast on people in Hiroshima. The images from that book have been with me now for sixty years.
It was dropped on the Feast of the Transfiguration.
We are at war now. And on this day we don't know who of our forces might have been killed. And of course we don't know about contractors, Americans not part of the military forces but there as part of the US and Coalition forces work. What we do know is that the number of US and other military forces killed is rising.
There are many images of this war but few notices of the deaths and injuries, little report of the continuing costs of the war. It is there, but like background noise. Other things are more important, more pressing. But the deaths continue. Life is transfigured into death.
And yes, it is the feast of the Transfiguration.
It is time for a Transfiguration worthy of the name, and no more War.
Afghanistan Coalition Military Fatalities By Year