When I read about the ten Marines killed this morning by an IED near Fallujah, I decided not to post about it. Harping on every casualty is no way to cover a war.
Then I went to Don Sensing‘s site and saw this:
My son is based in Fallujah. Would I have heard by now that he is one of the ten? I donÃ¢€™t know. I donÃ¢€™t know how long notification takes. In the meantime I have to say that it sounds like the casualties were inflicted on a dismounted unit, that is, infantry. My son is in a mechanized unit. But my heart skips beats anyway.
My best wishes go out to the Sensing family.
I suppose that by hoping his son was spared I’m indirectly hoping that someone else’s was killed instead. Obviously, we all hope that none of our brave troops get killed or injured in war. When someone is killed, we hope it’s not someone we know, however indirectly. Such is human nature, I guess.
At least one person I know was killed in this war and several have been seriously wounded. That they volunteered for that service and believed, as do I, for the cause for which they fought does not make their loss less tragic. We can be thankful that, by historical standards, our losses from this war have been incredibly light. We should always be mindful, though, that each one of them is a tragedy for their loved ones.
Update (12/3, 0641): Don updated his post at 11:15 p.m with the good news: “Stephen just called and is okay. It was not his unit, which he confirmed does not conduct dismounted patrols.”