3 thoughts on “2,000th U.S. Combat Death in Iraq – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Richard, it is the result of a leadership that has never been into battle, that has never fought in a war, that has never sacrificed anything.

    Leaders who have been in war know the gravity of the sacrifice they will ask of their soldiers. As such, they damn well make sure that if the men in their charge should die, that they died for a reason no one could ever doubt.

    What we have now are a band of cowboys whose only war experience has come from simulations and games. To them, the death of a soldier is an abstract thing, nothing to worry one’s pretty mind about. It is the return of feudalism: the aristocracy sends its serfs to fight its battles. It was never meant to happen in this country.

  2. Something very similar which I have heard said on hearing of someone’s death is: Baruch Dayan Haemet (Blessed is the True Judge). I’ve never heard of the phrase that you mention, though that is part of the beauty of our rich tradition-you hear a new slant on things every day.

  3. Colin: You are of course right & that was the phrase I was thinking of…not only did I mistranslate the phrase, but I got it confused with a statement by Menachem Mendel of Kotsk. I’ve since corrected the text. Thanks for pointing out my error to me (or at least sparking my brain to realize its mistake).

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