Where do you find the man responsible for killing 2,973 Americans? What if the killings continued? What if, day after day, the attacks kept coming like a deranged cuckoo clock grimly chirping out the hours in a regular toll of mangled bodies and lives lost?
"The War on Terror" has now reached a milestone. It has demanded a price and we have paid heavily. More Americans have died fighting a war on a noun than died on September 11. The cost in death has been paid times two.
As BushCo continues in almost every speech and press conference to define the safety of America by the death toll of 9/11, perhaps this should give pause to the radical idea of the "Bush Doctrine." It hasn't made Americans safer. It's killed more of us than the terrorists did. And for what? To avenge his Daddy?
Osama bin Laden is still on the loose. (Or is he?) The man who killed 2,973+ Americans? Yeah, we know where he is. He's sitting on his self-installed throne in the White House.
The latest milestone for a country at war came Friday without commemoration. It came without the precision of knowing who was the 2,974th to die in conflict. The terrorist attacks killed 2,973 victims in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
An Associated Press count of the U.S. death toll in Iraq rose to 2,696. Combined with 278 U.S. deaths in and around Afghanistan, the 9/11 toll was reached, then topped, the same day. The Pentagon reported Friday the latest death from Iraq, an as-yet unidentified soldier killed a day earlier after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad.
Not for the first time, war that was started to answer death has resulted in at least as much death for the country that was first attacked, quite apart from the higher numbers of enemy and civilians killed.