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But I digress: Don't confuse heroes and celebrities

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By John Pawlak

Independence Day came and went this year with the usual fanfare of fireworks, political speeches, flag waving, and of course backyard barbecues.

As always, it was a time for families to get together and enjoy the comfort and safety that we all have come to expect in our lives.

Some 7,000 miles away, U.S. soldiers (130,000 strong) continue to fight and die in a foreign land that has become little more than a line item on the weekend news shows.

The phrase “War on Terror” rolls off the tongue with the same ease and with as little feeling as “Pass the mustard, please.”

During Independence week, how much time was spent discussing who had died over there, who had gotten their legs blown off, who had reenlisted because they felt a responsibility to the others in their troop?

Not much (if any). Instead, the radio and television news teams were consumed with updates on Michael Jackson’s death, Michael Jackson’s autopsy, Michael Jackson’s funeral, Michael Jackson’s will, Michael Jackson’s favorite soft drink, Michael Jackson’s hat size.

On July 6, just two days after the festivities, seven American warriors died in Afghanistan, bringing the total U.S. deaths in Bush’s War on Terror to 5020.


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