Soldiers head for Iraq
"Members of the 1st Squad, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division, including Spc. Kim Choy, foreground, left Friday morning from Biggs Army Airfield en route to Kuwait and then Baghdad. Choy carried her M-16 rifle in one arm and a teddy bear in the other as she prepared to board a 20-hour flight to Kuwait." (El Paso Times)
Last night on our way to the airport, we passed the Fort Bliss deployment center. It's used to move units of soldiers en masse to their new duty stations anywhere in the world. Outside the building were parked three large aircraft--a sure sign troops were on the move. In this morning's El Paso Times was the above photograph. Way to powerful to ignore, I decided to make it Dada's picture of the day.
In a few hours Kim Choy, with trusty M-16 and Teddy bear, along with her army mates, should be landing in Kuwait to begin their new life in Baghdad shortly thereafter. And as I looked at this photo, I found myself asking, "What the fuck have we done to our children?" I'm not a religious person, but I muttered a prayer for all the Teddy bears we are sending into extreme harm's way.