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Saturday, September 23, 2006

wasting America's promise one life at a time

(Photo taken from Daily Kos.)

If you need a face for the 2,600+ Americans who have died in Iraq, think of Emily Perez. See Daily Kos (8ackgr0und N015e) to learn about her. She's also got an obit on the Washington Post website.

[UPDATE1: Gulf News (AP):
Now the death toll is 9/11 times two. US military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan have surpassed those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America's history.

The latest milestone came on Friday without commemoration nor the precision of knowing who was the 2,974th to die in conflict.

[UPDATE2: Seattle Times (Mark Mazzetti, New York Times):
A stark assessment of terrorism trends by U.S. intelligence agencies has found that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials who were involved in preparing the assessment or have read the final document.

[To summarize we've killed a bunch of out people--good people--pursuing President Bush's policies and the policies have made the threat greater.]


  • At least Kos had the good taste not to put this on his front page. But whatever serves you and your agenda is fair game, right? One of her final wishes

    A foundation / scholarship fund for African-American and Hispanic women who share Emily’s passion for Sociology and Medical Services has been established in her honor.

    We challenge each of you to honor and cherish the memory of Emily and to not only ‘talk the talk’ but ‘walk that talk’ for:

    ‘Eyes have not seen, nor ears have heard, nor have entered into the hearts of men what God has prepared for those who love Him.’
    I Corinthians 2:9

    ‘Use what you’ve got, start where you are, and do what you can, knowing that you can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you.’

    I'm sure you have a long list of *other* people who should contribute.

    By Blogger Roy, at 4:25 PM, September 23, 2006  

  • I'm Proud of Emily and everything she accomplished in such a short life.Her legacy is one of greatness and her spirit is difficult to match.As noted on her memorial, she was proud of being American and Cuban and African and she wanted others to "walk the talk". God bless her and her family.

    By Anonymous Emily Perez is my Hero, at 5:04 PM, September 23, 2006  

  • Just seeing such a beautiful, young lady with seemingly everything to look forward to life cut short is terribly heartbreaking. It puts a very personal touch to such an impersonal war. Why are we still in Iraq? Whatever happened to finishing business in Afghanistan?

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 10:09 PM, September 23, 2006  

  • Roy,

    I saw the notice about the memorial scholarship fund. Do you have any further information about the fund (e.g. phone/site/address/etc.)

    Another way to honor Emily's memory is to sign up as a bone marrow donor. You can find information there at http://www.marrow.org/

    drop be a line at backgr0und.n015e@yahoo.com


    By Blogger background n015e, at 7:00 AM, September 29, 2006  

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