An Unholy Paradox: A Sad Realization - A Tragic Loss

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I recently took some time in reflection about the lives lost in the Vietnam war and the unholy paradox that exists because of it.

You know that there are over
names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in DC? Sadly, the Numbers still are rising, because many of us now are dying from Agent Orange related Illnesses. And I believe these names should also be added to the Wall because it was that ungodly War that is killing us still.

Multiply all these added numbers and multiply that number times the conservative number of
2 (2 children that they might have had, had they lived) which equals 116404.
And now add that to their lost dads of
58,202... that's 174,606 lives missing from us today.

But remember that the family structure of the 1960's did not change much from the 1940's and 1950's; most parents had around
5 kids! - the number at that figure is now 291010 + 58202 = 349212.

Now on top of this figure, consider the
grandchildren that are now missing.. the number keeps growing and growing. How many might have been influential people, Presidents, Congressmen? Doctors? Maybe a cure for cancer? AIDS? The war didn't only end the lives of 58,202 men and women, it also ended forever, their
progeny! What a TREMENDOUS and TRAGIC loss for this country!!

The cost can never be truly calculated! These are considerations few people who even care to recall the losses in Vietnam casually, have ever even thought about... yet will forever be missing..

Then add to this National Tragedy, the loss in terms of the contributions these men and women would have made to us, had they lived, and the number escalates to
phenomenal proportions.. something to think about, huh?

Perhaps we all should send such a letter to all the congressmen , Senators, and even our President to consider, so that they may think twice next time they consider sending our
youth and all their progeny into harms way? With such considerations, our Freedoms have come to us by an unimaginable cost!

- Jake

Page revised 22 Aug 2012

"And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. `And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand..." Genesis 4:10


Vietnam War Casualty Statistics