Where were you on Saturday when Army Specialist Joshua Reeves, a 26-year-old from Watkinsville, Georgia, was killed after “a bomb detonated as [his] Humvee drove down a Baghdad street”? Where were you when his wife Leslie, who had given birth to their son just the day before, “learned she was a widow” while “still in the hospital”? Where were you when his parents, James and Jean Reeves, were informed that “they had lost the oldest of their five children,” a son who “was such a good-hearted person”? Where were you?
Where were you on Monday when Army Corporal Anthony Bento, a 23-year-old from San Diego, California “was killed in a small-arms attack by insurgents” in Beiji, Iraq? Where were you when his wife Colleen, perhaps holding their 13-month-old son in her arms, was informed that her husbandâ€”who “was due home in 26 days after 13 months of time in Iraq”â€”had perished? Where were you when his parents, Anthony and Penny Bento, were told that their only son, a young man with a “fun-loving personality and an untamed spirit that not even the Army or war could break,” had died? Where were you?
Where were you on Tuesday when Army Staff Sergeant Zachary Tomczak, a 24-year-old from Huron, South Dakota, “died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire” in a suburb of Baghdad? Where were you when his wife Beth was informed that her husband, who “was on his fourth tour in Iraq,” had been fatally wounded? Where were you when his mother and father and friends heard the news that this “very, very nice young man” who “had a real love for life” breathed no more? Where were you?
Where were you when any of the more than 3,800 (and counting) American soldiers were killed in Iraq? Where were you when President Bush and a complicit Congress initially ordered men like Joshua Reeves, Anthony Bento, and Zachary Tomczak into harm’s way? Where were you when this war continued to be fought despite the many lies exposed about it and the swelling of public opposition to it? Where were you?