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This year, let's end this war.

Via Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

North Carolina (70)

Aberdeen Voss, Michael S. Staff Sergeant 08-Oct-2004
Apex Tosto, Michael L. Sergeant 17-Jun-2003
Apex Taylor, David G. Major 22-Oct-2006
Asheville Hess, Kenneth D. Specialist 11-Apr-2006
Ayden Murray, Rodney A. Sergeant 09-May-2004
Benson Parr, David S. Lance Corporal 06-Feb-2006
Chapel Hill Beard, Bradley S. Specialist 14-Oct-2004
Chapel Hill Martinez, Misael Staff Sergeant 11-Nov-2006
Charlotte Howman, Gregory C. Lance Corporal 15-Sep-2004
Charlotte Jacobsen Jr., William W. Captain 21-Dec-2004
Charlotte Carver Jr., Mitchell K. Chief Warrant Officer 3 13-Jan-2006
Charlotte Golla, Cliff Lance Corporal 01-Sep-2006
Clayton Jacobs, Jeriad P. Lance Corporal 07-Jan-2006
Conover Cockerham III, Benny Gray Corporal 21-Oct-2005
Conover Huffman, Jason Specialist 06-Dec-2006
Creedmore Brown II, Lunsford B. Specialist 20-Sep-2003
Dunn Miller, Marvin Lee Sergeant 1st Class 07-Apr-2004
Dunn Guerrera, Joseph R. Private 26-Oct-2003
Durham Anderson, Brian Edward Lance Corporal 02-Apr-2003
Durham Teewia, Prince K. Specialist 29-Dec-2005
Erwin Johnson, Robert T. Specialist 07-Jan-2006
Fayetteville Buehring, Charles H. Lieutenant Colonel 26-Oct-2003
Fayetteville Solomon, Roderic Antoine Sergeant 28-Mar-2003
Fayetteville Dennie, Mike A. Staff Sergeant 29-Sep-2004
Fayetteville Boatman, Darrell W. Gunnery Sergeant 04-Nov-2005
Fayetteville Clay, Darrell P. Staff Sergeant 01-Apr-2006
Fort Bragg Murphy, Shawn M. Private 1st Class 10-Dec-2006
Garner Sanchez, Enrique Henry Private 1st Class 27-Jul-2006
Greensboro Krause, Elmer C. Sergeant 09-Apr-2004
Greensboro Russoli, Andrew D. Lance Corporal 20-Oct-2005
Greensboro Lucas, Adam Lance Corporal 26-May-2006
Greensboro Barlow, Patrick O. Staff Sergeant 18-Oct-2006
Hampstead Pate, Christopher T. Captain 21-Jul-2006
Hendersonville Kinzer Jr., William S. Sergeant 26-Jan-2005
High Point Barbosa, Felipe C. Corporal 28-Jan-2006
Jacksonville Desens, Daniel A. Specialist 24-Jun-2004
Jamestown Callahan, Robert Thomas Specialist 19-Sep-2006
Kannapolis Parson, David B. Sergeant 06-Jul-2003
Lenoir Ramseyer, Jason C. Staff Sergeant 20-Apr-2006
Lumberton Bryan, Benjamin S. Lance Corporal 13-Nov-2004
Mooresboro Ebert, Christopher S. Corporal 17-Sep-2004
Mooresville Adams, Leonard W. Sergeant 24-Jan-2005
Morrisville Adams, Mark P. Sergeant 15-Oct-2005
Nags Head Caddy, Marshall H. Staff Sergeant 16-Nov-2004
Nebo Whitener, Joey D. Private 1st Class 15-Nov-2003
New Bern Simmons, Leonard D. Sergeant 06-Aug-2003
N. Wilkesboro Thompson, Christopher W. Petty Officer 3rd Class 21-Oct-2005
Oak Island Forbes, Aaron M. Specialist 28-Dec-2005
Raleigh Lambert III, James I. Specialist 31-Jul-2003
Raleigh Greene, David S. Lieutenant Colonel 28-Jul-2004
Robeson Deese, Joshua 1st Lieutenant 15-Oct-2006
Rowan Butler, Kenneth J. Lance Corporal 21-Oct-2005
Salisbury Wahl, Gregory L. Sergeant 03-May-2004
Salisbury Elrod, Nathan R. Lance Corporal 21-Oct-2006
Snow Camp Lam, Alan Dinh Lance Corporal 22-Apr-2003
Snow Camp Buckley, Roy Russell Specialist 22-Apr-2003
Southport White, Christopher N. Private 1st Class 20-Jun-2006
Stokesdale Gibbs, Nicholas R. Specialist 06-Dec-2006
Wagram Bacon, Henry A. Sergeant 1st Class 20-Feb-2004
Washington Jones, Kevin M. Specialist 22-Sep-2005
Watha Bibby, Mark Anthony Corporal 21-Jul-2003
Wilmington Smith, John M. Sergeant 12-May-2005
Wilson Edmundson, Phillip C. Specialist 01-Jun-2005
Windsor Creighton, Shawn R. Specialist 08-Apr-2006
Winston Salem Houck, David B. Lance Corporal 26-Nov-2004
Winston-Salem Ruth, Monta S. Sergeant 31-Aug-2005
Winterville Cash, Christopher S. Captain 24-Jun-2004
Winterville Benson, Darry Sergeant 27-Aug-2006
Wrightsville Beach Carrasquillo, Jocelyn "Joce" L. Specialist 14-Mar-2004
Yadkinville Swaim, Daniel Freeman Lance Corporal 10-Nov-2005



The huge military presence

here in North Carolina makes the stakes very high in Bush's War.

I occasionally find myself surprised that there's so little organized opposition to the war among military families and in military communities. I know there's s strong pull to support the president and all, but our professional military has been played for chumps by George Bush. If anyone should be pissed off about all this, the Marine and Army officer corps should be.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

"I occasionally find myself surprised that there's so little organized opposition to the war among military families and in military communities."

Have you ever been in the military, Anglico? On the surface it does seem odd but if you reflect - what person can or would admit to themselves (and to others) that what they are doing, what they believe in, is pointless and wrong?

Indeed, what choice do they have but to do as they are doing? They have no choice. The consequences of going AWOL are not pretty.

Also - consider the age of most of our troops - young. Very young. How were they taught history in school? What were they taught of government, of civics, of duty?

And finally, I would suppose that their primary concern would be staying alive and coming home in one piece. We won't really know what they think until they come home and tell us.

Read 'The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell'. It's only one voice but it's an engaging and informative voice about one man's experience in this conflict.

I'm a Vietnam era veteran

though I did not see combat.

I was a junior officer in the Navy - and I'm also a graduate of the US Naval Academy. Between 1972 and 1974 when I was stationed in Norfolk, I was actively involved in anti-war protests. It obviously didn't help my career . . . but that's a different question.

There are plenty of choices and ways to protest war without going AWOL. One does not sacrifice all of one's rights by joining the military.

I spent two years with an Airborne unit at Camp Lejeune, too. The 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. ANGLICO.

Good then -

You know what I'm talking about.

When you are contracted into the indentured servitude that is the military the only thing you can do *at that time* is deal with it.

I didn't see combat either; the most exciting thing going on was Grenada but as a woman, let me tell you I saw *personal* combat on a daily basis. I know exactly how miserable those in your immediate chain of command can make your life. You don't even have to do anything - just being there is enough to make yourself a target.

I would never ask an enlisted man to make him/herself another target. Rather, I would ask them to come home, tell us about it, and help us make sure it never happens again.

I'd say we did learn at least one very valuable lesson from Vietnam and that is you can and you must separate policy from the people enforcing the policy, i.e. the forces on the ground.

I've thought this war was a disaster walking from the first instant. But I would never, ever, disregard or disrespect the people who are doing the work. I think the American people 'get that'. And for that I am truly grateful.

Driving Mr Maliki

The current talking point is that best way to support the troops is in sending in more troops. Even Gates' first act was to go to Iraq to ask troops on the ground what they wanted. Of course they are not going to say "we want fewer troops", especially in front of cameras.

So we pull current troops back to Baghdad, send in some more and we become the Green Zone police while Maliki sends out balaclava clad goons with video phones to round up Sunnis.

When the troops come home

When I was on the coast this summer and fall, you really could see how important veterans benefits, health care access and managing the social and economic impacts have become. There's always been a big active duty and retired military population on the coast, but already there's a swell of demand on social services, VA offices and clinics.

Helping veterans and their families recover from the war will be an enormous task. The state and counties should be preparing for this. The troops are coming home sooner (hopefully) or later. Communities should be ready to support their return.

On the opposition to the war, the Quakers have been organizing in Fayetteville for a good long while. Here's an old Indy article about their work. I wouldn't be surprised to see a major march this summer.

Soldiers Remembered

When this war began, I put up a site called Soldiers Remembered. This was a page for each fallen soldier with their vitals and photo when possible. At the bottom was a flatfile comment section for people to leave stories, memories and consolation. I took it offline when it became too time consuming to maintain and when I was no longer able to remain impartial. It pains me that I felt the need to remove the site. It pains me more to know these lives were lost.

This is REALLY hard and personal for me

I live in Fayetteville and have known many military families through the years. Four uncles were career military. I didn't live here during Vietnam tho'. I lived in Raleigh and heard all the negative remarks about FayetteNam. Those soldiers really didn't have a choice. They were drafted. Some people were lucky enough to get deferments or joined the reserves or national guard.....Bush, Cheny, etc. and yes, Bill Clinton too. If fact, during the war I told my young son if that awful war was still going on when he turned 18, we were moving to Canada. Trust me. I would have done it.

Now I have my wonderful son-in-law to worry about. He is a career Army officer. I have lost count of how many times he has gone to the Middle East since 9/11. I know that he has been gone for the holidays three years out of the last four. Their anniversary is in December, both boys' birthdays are in January. He has missed a lot, and so have my daughter and the boys. He came home in August and left again the first week on November. There are guys in the 82nd who have been home for two weeks after being gone for a year. They are going back this week. What a shock for them. How long is this going to go on? I know they are beginning to wonder what it is all about. Everybody understood Afganistan, but Iraq? Of course, they were sold a bill of goods just like we were. My friend Lucy sells real estate with me. Some of you met her at Larry's BBQ in Raleigh. One of her customers gave the ultimate sacrifice last summer. He was single, but he bought a house before he left for Iraq. His house almost went into foreclosure before his mother called Lucy for help. Lucy did help her and stopped the foreclosure, but it was long and drawn out. The mother doesn't want to sell the house, because it is the only thing she has of her son's. It is sitting there vacant. She came for Christmas right by herself to stay in her son's house so she could be close to him. Those stories will tear your heart out.


This is hard for everyone

Living as close to Ft. Bragg as we do, many of our neighbors are deployed as well, Lovex7. We ran into one of our son's father's in a store right after Christmas. He had just returned home, and will be returning soon. (I'm not sure which unit he is attached to.) We watched as his son, who is 17, walked over to another section of the store to look for a Monty Python DVD. He said, "It's unreal. These boys are just like that. The ones on the front lines - they're just like my boy. Just like yours. I was against this thing before - I'm even more against it now. It breaks my heart." I asked him to please let the troops know that even those of us here who are vocally against the war are holding each and every one of the troops in our hearts, and that we want them safe, and HOME with their families.

I want it over. I want them home.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi