Monday, March 12, 2007

We Need More Stories Like This

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for highlighting this article about a bookseller in Baghdad whose life was brought to an end by a car-bomb that recently detonated in the city. It struck me, in reading it, how few stories we hear that tell us much about the real lives, and families, and losses of the thousands of Iraqi citizens who are suffering as a result of this war. My personal theory is that most Americans don't feel that the lives of Iraqis (and thus, their deaths) are worth as much as the deaths of American soldiers or civilians, but with more stories like this one, we may actually learn to appreciate any death, anywhere, as diminishing to us all.

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