Empty Days

Thursday, March 25, 2004



While rummaging through various unknown blogs found this guy whose both parents, american christian missionaries, were killed in a drive-by shooting in Iraq just recently.

He's probably my age, judging by his parents' age.

This is a willing sacrifice, much more willing than that of the military - you go there, you know you might die pretty easily just because you're too obviously american or just western. Sure enough, you are 100% supportive of the whole Iraq war - and you contribute to the supposed liberation, and you get shot by some violent locals who think otherwise.

Is this stupidity? In a way, yes. But it's also innocence and high ideals. It's not wily and smart and all-knowing - it just gets you killed. This is an all-american story, the two faces of the medal: idealism and stupidity. How do you sort that out without destroying the good part? I don't think it's even possible.

"Saddam was bad, we are good". That's it.





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