Wednesday, January 10, 2007
What gives you the right to fuck with our lives: CXXXVII:
January 10, 2007
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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr., 24, of St. Paul, Minn., died Jan. 9 in Fallujah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on combat patrol. Wosika was assigned to the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, Crookston, Minn.

For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Minnesota Army National Guard public affairs office at (651) 282-4684.
--Spencer Ackerman
i have been reading this blog, a refreshing breath or bite of realism. and i think each and every one of the "what gives you the right to fuck with our lives" is a very important reminder of the all too human cost of this ill-considered fiasco (and i wish there were a corresponding list of the vastly greater loss of Iraqi lives). but i can't help feeling that these very sterile DOD announcements are not very far removed from the anonymous stark white crucifixes that mark any number of american military cemetaries/battlefields. beyond all this is a very real, unique human being with their own no longer lived life and the people they leave behind. i am dismayed and distressed that these particular postings, as important as they are, pass without comment. so i hope that the readers of this blog will pause for at least a moment and consider the loss and the pain. and i would refer any and all to the site for the individuals lost and in this case, for this man
Blogger cranewoman | 9:22 PM

Cranewoman, I take your point. I wish I could say something of value for each of these fallen souls, and I've thought about it, but I've backed off out of fear of appearing disrespectful. I'm open to any suggestion, from you or anyone, about how I can do this better.
Blogger Spencer Ackerman | 10:48 AM