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Sunday, January 14, 2007


The "shared sacrifice" that is Iraq

An article in the New York Times today explores the reaction of military families to the impending escalation of the war against Iraq, and the impact the war is having on them. Buried in it is this interesting anecdote:
Ms. DeBlock [whose husband, a 40-year-old National Guard member, has just had his tour in Iraq extended by four months] has had to battle her heating-fuel company, which wanted cash up front, and her husband’s cellphone provider, which will not let him out of his contract even though he is off fighting a war.
"Shared sacrifice": the soldiers do the sacrificing, and the corporations share the profits.

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