Marla Ruzicka , 28, has died!

Marla was reknown for her love of helping victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marla Ruzicka

Marla’s mother was quoted by CNN as saying, “I’ll remember the love she spread around the world’.” I am ashamed to say I didn’t know who Marla was until I heard on CNN this morning that she had died along with her aide due to a roadside bomb. So, I said to myself, who was she?

I did a Googol search. She was associated with many fringe groups from the Green Party to the Socialists, if you can believe all you read. Some called her a peace activist. Often young, wide eyed, idealistic people are easily courted by fringe groups. So I read as many accounts of her life as I could find in the search archives.

What I found was a young woman who had an amazing drive to help people. Instead of spending all her time safe at home talking about the evils of war and throwing around political out cries about the government, our troops, and all the usual rhetoric we often hear, this young woman gave up her life as she knew it and dedicated herself to making a difference by helping the innocent victims of war both in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She was the single founder of CIVIC. She went to both countries and helped determine the number of civilian casualties. She then went to Congressional representatives and presented her case for obtaining financial help to rebuild these areas’ businesses. She helped the injured and the survivors. She did all this without making political statements and choosing sides. She had a way about her that allowed her to even approach Colin Powell.

She truly was an Humanitarian. She selflessly gave of herself to help the people in Iraq to rebuild their lives. As far as her politics, she made a point of leaving that out of her efforts. She practiced the politics of love.

I offer my condolences to her family. I am sure she will be missed by all those she helped. Her legacy will go on long after her passing. She embodied the spirit, love, and humanity that is often found in young Americans but not often seen.


~ by devildog6771 on April 18, 2005.

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