In Memoriam


This Week with Christiane Amanpour
omitted the In Memoriam segment in favor of their "Great American Debate", so instead, we'll acknowledge the passings of Czech president and playwright Vaclav Havel (Gordon has more at Newstalgia) and commentator Christopher Hitchens (and another Newstalgia link. If you're not visiting our sister site regularly, you're missing out on a lot of great recordings). In addition, the Pentagon has released the names of five service members killed in Afghanistan.

US Marines LCpl Christopher PJ Levy, 21, Ramseur, NC
US Army SPC Ronald H Wildrick Jr, 30, Blairstown, NJ
US Army Sgt. Christopher L Muniz, 24, New Cuyama, CA
US Army Pvt. Jalfred D. Vaquerano, 20, Apopka, FL
US Marines Maj. Samuel M Griffith, 36, Virginia Beach, VA

And as the final troops cross over the border of Iraq into Kuwait, the answer to John Kerry's infamous question ("How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?") belongs sadly to the family of David Hickman of Greensboro, NC, killed last month.

The total number of allied service members killed in Iraq is 4,802, of which, 4,484 were Americans. The total number of allied service members killed in Afghanistan is 2,830. Iraq Body Count lists 77 Iraqi civilians killed this week, for a month-to-date total of 209.


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