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Wednesday, 26 October 2005 21:55

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Jazzman Chronicles - Jack Random - According to brief and sketchy public reports, Alexander died in a Texas hospital from his wounds in the Iraq War. He thereby became number 2000 in the official, military tally of deaths in Iraq. Promoters of the war, in their ever-diminishing numbers, were quick to proclaim the number arbitrary, insignificant and meaningless. Wherever they stand on the political spectrum, it is doubtful that the family and friends of George Alexander agree with that assessment.

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VOW OF SILENCE:
A NUMBER & A NAME
Jack Random
October 26, 2995

JAZZMAN CHRONICLES: DISSEMINATE FREELY.


?Even now, as the warmongers and false patriots demand our silence, perhaps the best answer comes in a language they are not familiar with: A March of Silence. Let us then gather together in tens and thousands, to drape ourselves in black, to march in deafening silence, to mourn and dissent in silence, to cry out in the silence of those who can no longer cry out, and to observe the silence of oppression and death.? - From Code of Silence, Volume II of the Jazzman Chronicles: The War Chronicles.


On the same day that a true American hero lay down to eternal rest, the military conceded that the death toll for American soldiers in the Iraq War hit the number 2000.

Rosa Parks was the kind of hero that all Americans should strive to emulate. A quiet woman of solemn strength and perseverance, she seized the moment and became an icon in the endless and ongoing struggle for civil and human rights.

Who is George T. Alexander, Jr.?

According to brief and sketchy public reports, Alexander died in a Texas hospital from his wounds in the Iraq War. He thereby became number 2000 in the official, military tally of deaths in Iraq.

Promoters of the war, in their ever-diminishing numbers, were quick to proclaim the number arbitrary, insignificant and meaningless. Wherever they stand on the political spectrum, it is doubtful that the family and friends of George Alexander agree with that assessment.

It is unlikely that the families and friends of the 1,999 soldiers preceding Alexander (or the one succeeding him) agree with that assessment. It is unlikely that the families and friends of the tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) on the Iraqi side of the death toll agree with that assessment either.

Every life is significant and meaningful. Every life is surrounded by circles of friends, family and acquaintances, many of whom are profoundly impacted by the loss of a loved one.

What is a human life worth?

This evening, in thousands of communities across the nation, citizens will gather with candlelight vigils to honor and commemorate the number 2000. The irony of George W. Bush?s elevation to the presidency in the fraudulent election of the year 2000 will not be lost. Neither will the gathering of mourners lose sight of the names and flesh-and-blood beings that the number represents.

If the life of every lost American soldier in Iraq is worth one second of silence, there will be approximately thirty-four minutes of silence this evening. If the lives of Iraqis are added to the tally, a silence will descend upon the land for twenty-four hours.

What is the worth of a human life in a war without reason, without justifiable cause, without rational purpose or reasonable expectations of a favorable conclusion?

I have written until my hands bleed on the immoral and dangerous nature of this aggressive war, but now is not the time. Now is the time of mourning, a time for silent reflection, contemplation and meditation on the meaning of human life.

This evening, from 6:30 to 7:05, I will take a vow of silence. Among the questions I will ponder, are these: Who was George T. Alexander, Jr.? Who might he have become had this president never came to power?

Jazz.

JACK RANDOM IS THE AUTHOR OF THE JAZZMAN CHRONICLES (CROW DOG PRESS) AND GHOST DANCE INSURRECTION (DRY BONES PRESS). THE CHRONICLES HAVE APPEARED ON DISSIDENT VOICE, THE ALBION MONITOR, BUZZLE, COUNTERPUNCH AND PEACE-EARTH-JUSTICE. SEE RANDOM JACK: www.jazzmanchronicles.blogspot.com.

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