Attention! Our Kids Are Dying Too
When JFK said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” I can’t believe he intended for the handsome young American pictured above to have to go through all of what he went through.
Sgt. Merlin German was hit with a road side bomb in Iraq which burned over 97% of his body when he was only 19, and required him to undergo over 100 surgeries and procedures. He would have to learn to live with the stranger staring back at him in the mirror. I could only imagine the strength it must take to be able to smile, laugh and joke after going through all of that in 3 years.
It’s a pain that never stops, a pain that is both physical and emotional. And as fact after fact, come out that this war was wrong, and nothing more than Bush’s way of stealing a country oil, I’m sure the pain could be unbearable. Sadly, when it seemed he would defy impossible odds, Sgt. Merlin German lost his last battle this spring — an unexpected final chapter in a story many imagined would have a happy ending.
MSNBC has a wonderful article on him, the miracle marine. This man could be your brother, your son, or your boyfriend. I take this picture as a reminder that he won’t get to read one of my cinderella blogs, He won’t get to hear the new Lil Wayne album or experience what it’s like to ride that new roller coaster the closest six flags unveiled this summer.
So the least we can do is pay attention, pay attention as this administration is trying to do the exact same thing again to Iran that it did to Iraq. This our current president has lied to us time after time again. That numerous whites have spewed racial slurs and ideologies and most blacks have turned a blind eye to it. The least we can do is pay attention to more that what happens in our own community, when our kids are dying in this war too.