. . . Wednesday January 9, 2008

Final Post: A Soldier Says Goodbye

Andrew Olmsted was a soldier serving in Iraq. He also maintained a blog. His final post had to be submitted posthumously by a friend. His blog, even in this last post, is not without humor (“As with many bloggers, I have a disgustingly large ego, and so I just couldn’t bear the thought of not being able to have the last word if the need arose.”). He also shares some insights on larger topics:

“This may be a contradiction of my above call to keep politics out of my death, but I hope not. Sometimes going to war is the right idea. I think we’ve drawn that line too far in the direction of war rather than peace, but I’m a soldier and I know that sometimes you have to fight if you’re to hold onto what you hold dear. But in making that decision, I believe we understate the costs of war; when we make the decision to fight, we make the decision to kill, and that means lives and families destroyed. Mine now falls into that category; the next time the question of war or peace comes up, if you knew me at least you can understand a bit more just what it is you’re deciding to do, and whether or not those costs are worth it.”

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Concentration is important!