In a television interview earlier this week, actress Suzanne Sommers talked about losing her Malibu home to wildfire. She was very calm, saying that she did lose her home, but at least she didn’t lose a child in Iraq. I was expecting her to say she didn’t lose a child in the fire, so the Iraq reference caught me off guard, and that is probably why it made quite an impression on me. Sommers was rightly praised for her optimistic outlook, considering she had just lost her home and all of its contents, but the Iraq comment was what stuck with me.
I couldn’t help but wonder why she would not think the loss of her home would sufficiently pale in comparison to the death of a child lost in a fire, or an auto accident, or to a painful fatal disease. Surely there are more “children” (as her definition would include young adults) who die in car accidents every year, or from cancer, or even suicide, than have died in Iraq the past three plus years. Did the idea of losing a child in war seem worse to her?
She probably just chose that comparison because Iraq was in the news at the time. If it had been in a previous year, she might have said that at least none of her family had drowned in New Orleans. Her comment made me think though, that to some, losing a child in a war probably was viewed as a worse fate than even losing a child to murder or suicide. The value of the sacrifice made by a soldier dying in battle is something that I can’t help but recognize and respect. Those who see such a death as pointless have a view of the military I find difficult to understand.
While I have great sympathy for the loved ones of fallen soldiers, it seems that for many on the Left their “support” of the troops is expressed as sympathy for anyone in the military. Some lament that our soldiers (or kids as they often refer to them) have been sent to fight an unjust war by an idiot President who decided to invade Iraq to line the pockets of his rich oil buddies. To those people, the troops are seen as victims to be pitied. After all, they were just trying to escape the less fortunate half of John Edwards' two Americas, seeing the military as a last ditch resort to get a free education and job training.