17 Dec. 2006

We Only Call Them Aussies When They Win Something

About that New Zealander killed in Iraq (who lived in Brisbane with a wife and three kids, and served in the Australian Army):
He is the fourth Australian working as a private contractor in Iraq to die.

Jon Hadaway, 34, of Melbourne died in Germany in August this year from injuries he sustained in a bombing, while Wayne Schulz, 34, of Queensland died in June when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in was destroyed by a bomb, 300km north of Baghdad.

Chris Ahmelman, 34, of Queensland was killed last year with two others in an ambush by insurgents on their way to Baghdad airport.
I have no sympathy for these mercenaries, but I wonder how many people at your local shopping mall could tell you how many Aussies have died in Iraq?