Thursday, August 18, 2005

2973 dead.

That's the number of people killed in the 9/11 attacks. (The number came from this link at CNN.com).

According to another CNN.com link, as of today a total of 1857 American troops have been killed in Iraq, and another link states that as of today 282 American troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

I got thinking about these numbers during a discussion last night, the first night of my first sociology class. My professor, an engaging, learned man, commented that most of the American military casualties in the Iraq war came from rural areas. When some of my classmates got smug looks & began to nod & mutter, I got to thinking about the number of people from urban areas who were murdered on 9/11.

At the risk of sounding trite, some of us bear the burden of the cost freedom, free will, and personal safety in much more profound ways than the rest of us. No one socio-economic class, gender, or race has borne more of this burden than others. All have been affected. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice. And I believe that our terrorist enemies, the enemies of our American way of life and of our freedoms, intend for all of us to pay their price. Someday.

2 Comments:

Blogger Gareth said...

And if I may be so bold as to add 57 to that. The number of people that were killed in the London tube and bus bombings (my sister was almost one of them, but fortunately she took a different tube line that morning!). Thankyou.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Sara Thomas said...

The very randomness of it all just adds to the fear...
Thank God your sister's routine was different on that day.
Thank God.

10:56 PM  

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