It's no big surprise that as soon as American war deaths in Iraq reached 2,000, a whole lot of people would be using that magic number to advance their own causes. It would be too depressing to list all of them. Here's one that's representative of the rest: Stastically speaking, at least 25 of the dead probably were gay. We need to remember that the number is an artificial mark noticed -- even anticipated -- by people with agendas and ulterior motives. The 2,000th death is just as important, no more or no less, than the first death, and people who forget that deserve nothing but scorn. Putting the deaths in perspective is important, yes, but even that seems oddly out of place.