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SACRIFICE AND WAR
LeRon Wilson, Daily News
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July 27, 2007

Private First Class LeRon Wilson grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad where his father is a military officer. With his mother he came to Queens when he was 11, enlisting in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school.

On July 6, PFC Wilson and another member of his platoon were killed when their military vehicle hit a roadside bomb south of Baghdad. Wilson became the 30th 18-year-old American soldier to be killed in Iraq.

At the same time, a video by journalist Max Blumenthal has been circulating around the web, which speaks to the issue of youth and sacrifice in a time of war, but in a very different light. Blumenthal spoke with young people at a recent convention of the College Republicans, asking them if they planned on enlisting, receiving murky responses:
    JUSTIN YORK, UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA '10: Well I'm an undergraduate right now and I had a scholarship...I just didn't have any real urge...I just didn't have any strong urge...

    RALPH KETTELL, COLBY '09: Why am I not serving? I don't know...I mean... I really support this country strongly and I...you know... I didn't enlist. There is not much else I can say. I don't think that you can't talk about this issue if you're not serving.
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        Media:
Watch THE COST OF WAR, a Bill Moyers essay on the true costs of the Iraq War.

Watch BILL MOYERS ON THE WAR DEBATE, a recent Bill Moyers essay that highlights comments from the Senate floor on the war in Iraq.
References and Reading:
ICasualties.org
The Iraq Coalition Casualty Count breaks down casualties in Iraq by date and nationality.

Arlington West Santa Monica
Every Sunday from sunrise to sunset since February 15th, 2004, a temporary memorial is erected in the sand just north of the pier at Santa Monica Beach in Los Angeles, California by the local chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) and other volunteers. This memorial is known as Arlington West. See also Arlington West Film: a 75 minute film presenting a "temporary cemetery" in the sand, erected every Sunday by the Veterans For Peace in Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Oceanside and other locations.

Max Blumenthal's Web site
Visit Max Blumenthal's official blog, with links to his videos and published stories.

Read Max Blumenthal's articles from THE NATION

Max Blumenthal on Christian Zionism
Fresh Air from WHYY, September 18, 2006.

Posted July 27, 2007
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