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8.05.2005

They Also Serve ...

As of the end of July, 41 U.S. women soldiers have died in Iraqi combat. That's more than the number of female soldiers killed in Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm combined.

The loss of women especially touches me because ... I'm a woman. And I think of women most often being the social cohesion factor, and I think of parents who won't be cared for, husbands left alone, children who won't know who their mother was.

And then I think about our women soldiers dying while the Iraqi constitutional process considers limiting women's rights in Iraq.

Today's fragrance: Parfums DelRae D├ębut with notes of bergamot, lime, green leaves, lily of the valley and ylang ylang. Bottom notes are vetiver, sandalwood and musk. If there can be a light tropical fragrance, this is it. What would be heavy sweetness is artfully cut with pale citrus ... and I love the sheer drydown (I guess I'm more of a vetiver fan than I thought).

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12 Comments:

Blogger ParisLondres said...

I feel for ALL soldiers dear M - especially beause - most wars are meaningless - they fight for politicians who have ridiculous causes or other axes to grind - the deaths of these soldiers do not hurt them but they certainly hurt their families, friends and some mortals like us.

xoxo

7:59 AM

 
Blogger ParisLondres said...

PS: oops - because!! ;)

8:00 AM

 
Blogger ParisLondres said...

I totally agree! I also believe that reducing women's rights is criminal.

xoxo

8:11 AM

 
Blogger mireille said...

N, I added that copy to the text ... because people need to see it. xoxoxo

8:13 AM

 
Blogger Femme said...

The idea of the war in Iraq is just senseless. Watched Farenheit9/11 again, and repeatedly have to stop watching it for the fact that it completely revolts me. I believe in womens rights, but if they have children at home, should those children not come first?

Love your blog

11:04 AM

 
Blogger katiedid said...

To me it is a national and private tragedy any time a soldier is killed. As a mother of two boys, with both female and male family members serving in the military, I would be equally diswrought over any of them passing.

The limiting of women's rights seems, sigh, in some ways inevitable. Perhaps I am a pessimist, though.

12:15 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

When I was a child my parents wanted to emigrate to Israel. I was 19 in 1967. I probably would have died in the 6-Day War and would probably have been happy to. In some parts of the world, women have always fought for their countries.

This is different, of course, those women soldiers are fighting to help establish a regime that will deny rights to other women.

2:16 PM

 
Blogger Jonniker said...

In some countries it is more expected than ours that women will fight. It's still upsetting and horrid and wrong, because war is just silly and unnecessary, and shitty. Particularly this one.

And as you pointed out, we're fighting so that another country can limit the rights of our sisters.

The world is fucked up.

2:27 PM

 
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

I didn't know about all the women who had died, on our side, in this war. But so many, many women in the country that we are "helping" have died, and I knew about them of course.

The reason I appreciate this post so much is that most people think of MEN when they honor our service people. There is no national monument for women soldiers, to my knowledge. I hope that I am wrong about that.

3:20 PM

 
Blogger AP3 said...

Good for you! Great post. Yeah, people do seem to STILL talk about "our boys" and forget about "our girls". This gets my goat, only partly 'cause I'm a veteran myself!

Tan Lucy Pez, I believe they ARE building a national monument to honor women in the military. They tried to get me to donate to it years ago...

4:53 PM

 
Blogger Femme said...

Hope no one misinterpretted my post. I strong believe in the freedom to fight for ones country, whatever your gender. Just think that raising your children especially young children, should be a moms first priority.

9:33 PM

 
Blogger Atreau said...

Everyone wrote exactly how I feel. It's so hard living in a military town, I can't even imagine what the families go through.

12:43 AM

 

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