Friday, September 28, 2007

Update: Remembering Omar & Yance

Having blown right past their initial $2,000 goal, organizers of a memorial fund in memory of Sergeants Omar Mora and Yance T. Gray have now set their sights on raising $10,000.

Kiko's House is one of at least 15 blogs supporting the endeavor, which was started by five blogs from across the political spectrum.
Mora and Gray were among the seven GIs stationed in Iraq who wrote a controversial New York Times op-ed piece questioning the war. They died on September 10 when a cargo truck overturned in western Baghdad just as General David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress of the surge.

A third author, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Murphy, was shot in the head while the article was being written and is being treated for severe brain trauma at a military hospital in the U.S.
The op-ed was titled The War As We Saw It and expressed skepticism about U.S. gains in Iraq because, the men wrote, Americans long ago wore out their welcome and any possibility that they can win through counterinsurgency warfare is far-fetched.

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