The Unilateralist's Memorial Day Tribute

Usually I find the AP's daily death tally creepy, but, this weekend it does have some relevance. It's the only source with information on the sacrifices made by our unilateral coalition allies.

The British military has reported 111 deaths; Italy, 31; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania, one death each.

Who knew Latvia sacrificed a native son in the name of Iraqi freedom?

I don't think the fact that the U.S. shoulders most of the load in Iraq matters much to the family in Kazakhstan that lost a son in defense of liberty.

It doesn't matter to me. God bless them all, and thank you.

Posted by: Vinnie at 03:07 PM


1 This guy is in the Latvian army and has served or is serving abroad. He comments frequently at Gates Of Vienna

Posted by: fluffy the spamhound! at May 27, 2006 04:53 AM

2 God bless them. God bless the Canadians who are performing brilliantly in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Dave K at May 28, 2006 08:47 AM

3 Them too, Dave. And the rest of the NATO allies in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Vinnie at May 28, 2006 10:13 AM

4 History will smile upon all of these nations, as Iraq continues to emerge as a democracy.

Posted by: The Gentle Cricket at May 28, 2006 02:08 PM

5 I dispute that they are fighting for "liberty." One look at the constitutions of either of the countries we "liberated" will show just how freedom-oriented they will be.

Oh well, democracy is democracy, right?

Posted by: MiB at May 29, 2006 09:17 AM

6 An astute observation MiB; democracy and liberty are not the same thing, but democracy will serve the purpose of making Iraq a more stable country, and allow the people to fight amongst themselves, though mostly peacably it is to be hoped, rather than against others. However, since democracies always commit suicide, and given the nature of muslim Arabs, it shouldn't be too long before Iraq is a dictatorship again, but not for a while if we're lucky.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at May 29, 2006 10:47 AM

7 So why are we sending soldiers over to Iraq to die for a fleeting democracy that will collapse into dictatorship in a relatively short time span?

I'm all for fighting the war. Read: fighting the war. That is not what we're doing in Iraq or anywhere else, for that matter - we're just stacking up bodies, on both sides. Substantially more on their side, but still.

Posted by: MiB at May 29, 2006 12:47 PM

8 Don't comment on my post again, MiB.

Posted by: Vinnie at May 29, 2006 12:59 PM

9 I think the Iraq war was opened for many reasons; to topple Saddam, obviously; as a second front to keep Afghanistan from being the main theatre of operations for al Qaeda; and to shake up the region, among others. Regardless, those who serve our nation and sacrifice on our behalf deserve our endless thanks.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at May 29, 2006 01:18 PM

10 You were warned, MiB.

Posted by: Vinnie at May 29, 2006 11:29 PM

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