Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Andrea Gibson - For Eli

Full text here. Andrea's webpage is here.

You can read the testimonial of Jeff Lucey's mother here. (Audio and video links also available. Her testimonial begins about 19 minutes in.)

No matter how anybody feels about the war and the circumstances that led to it, repercussions such as what Andrea Gibson describes are some of the non-quantifiable costs of the war. And you'd better believe that such costs are astronomically higher on the Iraqi end than they are on our end.

I am talking about the gross spiritual devastation wreaked upon civilian families, people who were swept up in the events that were directly caused by the choices of a handful of powerful men & women.

What are we to make of this? Is it just history as usual? Should we just get over it? If not, what, realistically, can we do?

I have some thoughts. But I'd like to hear yours.