Are we numb to numbers?

Common Dreams
by Steven Laffoley

10/15/06

Have Americans grown numb to numbers? Yes, we all wept on September 11, 2001, when we heard that 2,973 people died in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania terrorist attacks. But now, we just sip our coffee while reading that 2,896 American soldiers have died, to date, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now we just reach for the toast while reading that, officially, 20,000 American soldiers have been wounded. Truly, counting the wounded and the dead is little more than a monotonous drumbeat, thrumming in monthly, weekly, and daily notations on the evening news, just before we hear about the weekend weather. Really, how often do we hear the newscaster say, 'Another solider died in Iraq today' and then weep?

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