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Sunday, March 30, 2008

What it means to be 'lightly wounded'

Whenever there is - God forbid - a terror attack, the wounded are generally classified as 'light,' 'moderate' and 'serious' with some even being classified 'critical.' Sometimes wounded are classified as between two of the categories.

But what do these categories mean? Gila at My Shrapnel doesn't tell us what her initial classification was, but I am going to guess that it was either 'light' or possibly 'light to moderate' given what she says about being in danger of losing her vision but not actually losing it. In this post, she reprints a journal entry that she wrote shortly after she was wounded in a terror attack in June 2002. Read about the traumas she goes through in those first few weeks and realize that for every person killed - God forbid - in a terror attack, there are at least as many Gila's and often many times more as many Gila's.

Multiply Gila's experience by a factor of about ten thousand (if not more), and you will have some idea of the impact of terror on this country in the last seven and a half years.


At 10:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I have to hand it to both the Israeli media and government - they have made the Jewish victims of the peace process disappear. No one knows how high the personal price many of them have paid over the past decade and a half. Israel's cemeteries are full of them.

And here we have the Israeli government mindlessly creating a new generation of Jewish victims with its concessions to the PA and Secretary Rice. You'd think at some point they'd learn.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Gila said...

Just a slight correction--I was actually seriously wounded.

Have a good week!


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