Anti-War is not Pro-Peace
In regards to the "milestone" number of U.S. soldiers who have died in service to their country, CJ puts it all into perspective. And I'd like to paraphrase him on something else he had written, which I found eloquent: "Even one soldier's death is tragic because to that soldier's family, that one soldier was everything". 2000 of those deaths don't make me take a single one, lightly. But neither does it give me cause for hand-wringing over whether or not we are doing the right thing.
At the beginning of 2004, 500 deaths was a milestone. Then in July of 2004, the death toll of 1,000 Coalition soldiers were "celebrated"; and in September, a thousand U.S. soldiers and Pentagon civilians dead. They were holding anti-war vigils then as well.
I'd say today's news headlines and the anti-war noise-makers just add fuel to the insurgency, sending a message to our enemies to keep it up; what they cannot achieve on the battlefield, they will do through roadside bombs and civilian-targeting to win the hearts and minds of the American people; to sap our will and resolve for victory.
Update: Ex-Donkey makes an interesting observation.
10/29/05 UPDATE: Check out what Sister Toldjah has to report regarding why the NY Times continues to be stigmatized, an agenda-driven news rag.