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Uneven Sacrifice

Sep 11, 2007

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Barrie Hardymon

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Today, in our morning meeting, we had a few more recent college grads than usual (new intern, and a couple of young ex-interns, etc.). The group — besides making me feel ancient — agreed that dialogue, and protest, about the Iraq war was more absent on their college campuses because many college students felt "removed," from it. They didn't know anyone who had gone, and couldn't see the effects of the war in their daily lives — so the headlines were just that: headlines. It got us talking — in a war where civilians seem so far from the front lines (we're not even seeing our taxes increase) who is sacrificing? Obviously, it's overwhelmingly the military, but it's others as well. As attitudes about Muslims grow even more suspicious, and more and more civilian contractors take dangerous jobs in Baghdad, we decided to take a look at who is sacrificing in this war. Let us know who you think has been hardest hit — and if you're one of those who's given something to this war.

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