A Final, Tragic Note: NYTimes:  "Engaging in the banalties of life has become a death-defying act," the seven soldiers wrote of the war they had s
September 11, 2007

A Final, Tragic Note:

NYTimes:  "Engaging in the banalties of life has become a death-defying act," the seven soldiers wrote of the war they had seen in Iraq.

They were referring to the ordeals of Iraqi citizens, trying to go about their lives with death and suffering all around them. They did not know it at the time, but they might almost have been referring to themselves.

Two of the soldiers who wrote of their pessimism about the war, in an Op-Ed article that appeared in The New York Times on Aug. 19, were killed in Baghdad on Monday. They were not killed in combat, nor on a daring mission. They died when the five-ton cargo truck they were riding in overturned.

dKos: The AP has reported on Yance Gray here, and KHOU, a Houston-area TV station has reported on Omar Mora here.

Gray leaves a wife and infant daughter.  Mora was scheduled to return home this November, instead, he leaves behind a wife and a five year old daughter.  Per E&P: one of the other five authors of the Times piece, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Murphy, an Army Ranger and reconnaissance team leader, was shot in the head while the article was being written. He was expected to survive after being flown to a military hospital in the United States.

There are no words.

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