Sometime ago, I read a big piece in the NY Times by this guy Junger, a journalist, who was imbetted for months with an Army unit and wrote the book, “War” which I read: good book. He is proposing that we “they” erect a monument to civilian dead in Afghanistan. He said, which is true, that in the beginning the Vietnam Memorial Wall was controversial. It was. I can remember walking up and seeing it at night and thinking, “I don’t know about this.” But, it became a place of real healing. Perhaps it will be for the Afghans. In War, civilians suffer, caught between warring armies. They die and a Memorial won’t bring them back. But, what it might do is focus on how awful is war and the incalculable loss of innocent lives. ERECT A MONUMENT! 

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