With all the saber-rattling coming from the White House, the world’s attention is focused on the all too real possibility of war.
As Liberals Unite reported earlier this month: “Trump is showing a real willingness to gamble with the lives of millions as his saber-rattling with North Korea extends beyond his Twitter account.”
Newsweek reported that: “
The newest round of sanctions levied against North Korea is unlikely to make any difference, according to John R. Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the administration of George W. Bush.
“We’ve tried for 25 years, through pressure and diplomacy, and it’s failed,” Bolton told Newsweek in a conversation on Friday afternoon during a break at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Express UK reported on Saturday that Bolton, a lifelong Republican, warned that Kim Jong-Un is only “months away” from developing nuclear weapons capable of striking the USA in a recent interview with Fox News.
“I’m in favour of all new sanctions on North Korea. But I think we are past the point where this kind of targeted naming of individuals, companies and ships is going to have any impact,” he stated, adding: “For 15 years we have been incrementally notching up on North Korea. They are within months, according to CIA Director Pompeo, of having deliverable nuclear weapons.”
With this threat of war looming over the country, it is increasingly important that we consider the cost of our foreign wars, particularly as it relates to the tragic loss of human lives and the sorrow it leaves in its wake.
This photo of Ashley Edens receiving the remains of her 22-year-old husband, Army Specialist Jason Edens, serves as a heart-wrenching reminder that the cost of war runs far deeper than many Americans realize (or want to consider).
Specialist Jason K. Edens tragically lost his life on April 26, 2012 as the result of injuries he sustained on April 15, 2012 while serving in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.1
The heartbreaking photo of Spc. Eden’s wife, Ashley Edens, receiving his remains was posted to Reddit nearly four years ago.
A “close friend” of Spc. Edens posted the following response to the photo:
This is my friend Jason. He died in May while we were in Afghanistan. He was a very close friend of mine and this was not something I wanted to come across on Reddit when I signed on. […] He was the best guy I ever meant, [sic] a true friend. I hope you all respect him, even if you disagree with the war.2
All too often, we forget the costs in terms of human suffering, loss, the anguish of disabled veterans, the sorrow of the friends and families of those who gave their lives – like Spc. Edens.
To make matters worse, we don’t seem to learn anything from all this tragedy. Case in point: an article by Mother Jones from August of 2013 points out that the number of U.S. military actions over the course of the past 50 years “adds up to 15 separate episodes, ranging from full-scale wars (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan) to smaller incursions (Grenada, Haiti, Panama). […] This means we’ve launched a significant overseas assault every 40 months since 1963.”
- You can go here to read more about Spc. Edens here.
- The friend also posted a link to a video about Spc. Edens “a friend of ours put together,” that you can watch, here.