Thursday, August 31, 2006

Where would you rather be

Philadelphia or Iraq?

Apparently if you're a African American male between the ages of 20 and 34 the answer is suprisingly Iraq. Personally, I blame the cheesesteaks.

This may be nothing more than a simple statistical exercise but it does help put the loss of life of American military personnel into a different context. Iraq is not Vietnam, and while the loss of even one man and woman in uniform is a tragedy, let alone over 2300, isn't the very real possibility of revitalizing an entire region of the earth and the freeing of hundreds of millions of people from tyrannical rule worth the same level of risk that a young African American man faces everyday in the City of Brotherly Love?

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