6.05.2007

Can You Imagine?


This man was killed in Iraq one week ago. His wife, who lives in Burleson, was promptly notified.

Yesterday, while she was still grieving, her doorbell rang. She opened it to find a delivery person holding flowers and a card. The Star-Telegram tells you what happens next.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will one of you out there who still stands behind Bush's war of choice tell us why this is acceptable? Please also tell us which of your family is serving over there.

Anonymous said...

I read this also in the FW Star Telegram. It gave me chills. None of us can really imagine how she must have felt. Having recently lost my husband (not from the war in Iraq), I can only believe that it was probably a very bitter sweet moment for her. She will have that last show of his love to hold on to forever. But she will never hold him again nor will he ever be able to hold his baby. This is the saddest story I have read in a long time.

Anonymous said...

One can multiply this by the thousands, the results are still the same. We will Never change the way that country is, even at the expense of our own. Mr. Bush needs to be quarentined and fast! We need Ron Paul in office, now that's good sense.

Anonymous said...

As I read the blog and Star Telegram article, my daughter sits out on the deck with her 18 year old boyfriend who is preparing to enter the Army in less than 2 weeks. They have such grand plans - as I'm sure the Markhams did - for a bright future together but the reality of the impending separate looms over their heads. Deployment to the sand is inevitable he's been told. I can only hope and pray that this senseless action will end so that all of our young men & women who have dreams for a future will be able to be brought home to realize them.

Anonymous said...

Iran? So it does not come unto U.S. soil? To get rid of a killer? To not leave a void that will be filled vacuum by God knows who? That is just off the top of my head.

While sad, it is so very necessary! I'm sure there has been a number of stories like this through out history and seems so useless, but (as the story says)the guy enjoyed being a solider and died being a solider.

Anonymous said...

This story is just too sad for words.

Likely now the "powers" that be are planning the next war.

And we don't need to forget just who voted to get us into this one. We should throw the whole bunch in Washington out.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord please let's bring them home...walking, not in pine.

Anonymous said...

it is a geat loss when any member of our military is killed my thoughts and prayers are with this family. alll who can should attend this funeral to show their respect for this young man and his family.

my only hope is that the westboro baptist church which protest at these things doent show up but if they do i rest assured that the patroit guard riders will be there to assist the family

to learn more about the churc
go to www.godhatesfags.com

and for the patroit guard go to patroitguard.org

Anonymous said...

Think of all the 9/11 stories.

Anonymous said...

10:42PM-Because waging a war on a bunch of radicals that want to destroy us and our way of life is both noble and just. These lunatics are not going away anytime soon.

I have a brother and a best friend serving currently. One in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

10:24
my son is in Iraq now, hes been in the service almost 6 yrs and spent almost 4 over there. he wholeheartedly believes in what theyre doing but lives in dread because he doesnt think america has the heart to go ahead and win.
if we loose as the libs and some country club republicans want us too, the bad guys(iran, al queda etc) get iraq and all the oil. if we win we have a stronghold in the midst of our enemy. its really that simple.
you should read though the Koran a little, and you will realize that they dont hate us because were over there, they hate us because of WHO WE ARE, they hate america, isreal, and most of all they hate the God of our bible.
so yes i stand behind"Bush's war of choice" and so did most of u until it got hard.
i have no use for people who will trade anything for peace,

p.s. oil seems pretty important now judging by the bitching i hear.

Anonymous said...

I don't mean to be glib about this, but I wonder why Barry hasn't posted any pictures of casualties from Afghanistan? Five soldiers just recently lost their lives there.

Nothing from Barry...

Wouldn't their families be grieving just as much?

I bring this up because what I have understood opponents of the war in Iraq to be saying is that Iraq caused us to take the ball off of Afghanistan and caused redeployment from Afghanistan to Iraq.

So the concept of "bringing soldiers home" from Iraq isn't entirely clear. There's still a war in Afghanistan to fight and it's spreading into Pakistan.

And let's not forget Darfur--a war of choice that Democrats appear to think we might need to choose in favor of.

I'm all for recognition of the sacrifice our soldiers are making, but I'm not for politicization of their deaths. Ignoring the cost of Afghanistan seems to me to do that.

bgirl said...

He also had asked his wife to ask President Bush to attend his funeral.

“He wanted the president to see the cost of war, to know that the men are not just numbers, that there’s a face and a family behind that number,” she said.

mzchief said...

CORRECT LINK TO
PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS.

Anonymous said...

WE NEED THE OIL!!! GO W!

Gleemonex said...

bgirl, once again a freaky mind-meld -- that's exactly what I came here to post.

I still don't believe the pResident has any idea the real cost of this war, nor has he ever, nor will he ever. The people fighting it sure do, as do their families, whether or not they agree it's a just war. If I thought for one second that Bush felt any more deeply about the actual people involved than he would about a 5-gallon bucket full of little green plastic army guys ...

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He also had asked his wife to ask President Bush to attend his funeral.

“He wanted the president to see the cost of war, to know that the men are not just numbers, that there’s a face and a family behind that number,” she said.
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Anonymous said...

It amazes me that there are so many small minded people out there who act as if this current war is the one and only war that has ever occured on the face of the earth.

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed that we've actually got some people defending Pres. Bush and it ain't even wordkyle! WK, your friends are finally speaking out! :)

Anonymous said...

God Bless America.

Subject: This woman should run for president!

Written by a housewife from New Jersey and sounds
like it! This is one ticked off lady.

"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was
it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our
shores on September 11, 2001?

Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally
murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?...Well, I don't. I don't care at all.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are
sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First
Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and-you guessed it- I don't care !!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends.
Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous
behavior!

If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you
choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country!

And may I add: "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." --
Ronald Reagan

I have another quote that I would like to add AND.......I hope you forward all this.

"If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Also by.. Ronald Reagan

One last thought for the day:

In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the Anti-American
sentiment and negativity, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said:
"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... And how many want out."

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
MANY SEEM TO FORGET BOTH OF THEM.

Greta said...

PRICELESS!

Anonymous said...

I vote we put anon 2:58's post on a wall for everyone to read!

WELL SAID!!

Anonymous said...

2:58 - AMEN!!!

Anonymous said...

2:58 and several others who support this war - please remember 1. that Iraq was not involved in 9/11; 2. the Muslim God is on and the same as the Old Testament God of your bible; 3. Bush has never claimed that the Iraq invasion was about oil (but some of you see through his lies and know that oil is a big part of it); 4. while the unjustified war in Iraq continues, the justified war in Afghanistan is getting worse partly due to lack of attention from Bush.

I did serve during Viet Nam. I'm for defending the USA. I'm opposed to expending American lives in an unjustified war.

Anonymous said...

4:52, Let's pull our boys out and let the UN enforce it's own resolutions. How many resolutions did they pass but didn't enforce, 12? And your girl Hitlary said that she didn't read the classified material on Iraq before she voted for the war because her staff briefed her. Her staff should be brought up on charges because they didn't have clearance on national security briefings. And what does a Muslim God and a Christian God have to do with it? We are fighting brutal savages that have no respect for life.

Anonymous said...

4:52, Were you drafted to go to Vietnam? These fine men and women are volunteering and reenlisting because they believe in their mission. Just ask them. It's easy to criticize from 2000 miles away.

mzchief said...

NO ONE with an OUNCE of INTEGRITY should EVER question the VALUE and belittle the choice made by Cpl. Jonathan Markham when HE with FULL KNOWLEDGE of the situation in Iraq, VOLUNTARILY joined the United States Army and KNOWINGLY put in jeopardy his safety and life.

How do I KNOW people who question the purpose and/or value of what soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors and guardsmen ELECT to risk and dedicate their lives to are being petty and disrespectful and the pissing and moaning as well as the hand wringing of those sitting on their flabby arses in their comfy homes GREATLY offend the SELFLESS and BRAVE troops ensuring their fellow citizens MAINTAIN the ABILITY to question the choices of others? My brother has told me it does. My BROTHER a 1991 graduate of West Point and Lt. Col. in the United States Army just finished his THIRD commission in THREE years in Afghanistan will begin his FIRST commission in Iraq next month. My brother VOLUNTEERED for his 2nd and 3rd commissions in Afghanistan as well as his current commission in Iraq. A SANE person WONDERS why he has VOLUNTEERED, as the daughter of a soldier who served TWO commissions in Vietnam, one of which he volunteered, I am NOT surprised by my brother's answer; that because he is among the FEW and the BEST at what he does and if he did not volunteer for Iraq someone LESS experienced and qualified would be leading men who were even greener and less qualified thus resulting in a HIGHER failure and casualty rate. My brother will admit to ME that the wars are being poorly executed but would NEVER say such a thing to people ACTIVELY participating in the wars.


My BROTHER risks his life and will continue to risk his life because Afghanistan and Iraq are wars the United States MUST win. The enemy he fights in Afghanistan and Iraq are NOT brother soldiers whom but for being from a different nation are the same as he and his fellow U.S. troops. The enemies he fights in the Middle East are HOMOCIDAL KILLERS. The one thing he says would help EVERY member of the United States military would be to elect a president who is NOT an "Arrogant Dumbass Prick" of a and will FULLY commit to "kicking ass and KILLING EVERY MUSLIM who is Hell bent on killing EVERY non Arab on Earth."

Incidentally, if YOU are wondering if my brother is a nutter who just wants to kill people, rest assured he is NOT the ONLY soldier who has VOLUNTEERED for multiple back to back tours/commissions and EVERYONE of those who have MUST PASS unbelievably EXTENSIVE psychological reviews and examinations.

As for the REASONS we do NOT as a nation MISTREAT and ABUSE prisoners of war/enemy combatants is because WE are NOT like the ENEMY we are AMERICANS.

Do I miss my brother and ONLY surviving member of my original family? Yes, with EVERY fibre of my being and EVERY beat of my heart. Do I FEAR for my brother's well being? Absolutely NOT! My brother's mission is JUST and NECESSARY. He is in the company of the BEST troops in the WORLD and I KNOW that he and his brother soldiers ELECTED to put themselves in harms way for EVERYONE even the dumbarses in the United States.

Just a wee bit of insight for those who may NOT know, there is NO ONE who HATES war MORE than a battle worn soldier!

Anonymous said...

My God can kick your God's ass.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, Congratulations on your brother's chosen profession. Of course career soldiers volunteer for combat duty - it's the quickest way to promotions. As for blindly following orders or government policy, try reading "Fiasco" a detailed account of how the current Iraq war was so bungled by both civilian and military planners. Ask your brother what he thinks of that book. Then try to justify a half Trillion dollars and thousands of soldiers' lives expended in this misconceived and misdirected effort. Wave your flag when we're right, speak up when we're wrong.

Anonymous said...

4:52 What are you somking? lol

They ARE NOT THE SAME GOD! How can they be? When God and Jesus are the samed person! They don't believe in Jesus as being also God!

Anonymous said...

3:43 - It is probably useless to point out that the Muslims use most of the Old Testament, refer to the same prophets and accept Jesus as one of the prophets (unlike the Jews). I'm confused which version of Christianity you claim where Jesus as the son of God is also God. To whom was Jesus referring when he spoke of his "father"? Himself?

Anonymous said...

MY BROTHER IS IN IRAQ NOW. HE KNOWS WHY HE IS THERE, AND I SUPPORT HIM 110% REGUARDLESS OF WHAT POLITICS ARE BEING PLAYED. I SUPPORT MY BROTHER AND ALL OUR TROOPS, AND PRAY FOR THEM ALL TO MAKE A SAFE TRIP BACK HOME.

LOVE YOU MAN. COME HOME SOON.