Thursday, April 20, 2017

To Remember the Meaning of War

It is so easy to think about and discuss war without fully appreciating what a war really means for those in the midst of it.

One astonishing book detailing events in the Iraq War is The Good Soldiers by David Finkel, an account of the 2-16 Battalion's fifteen month deployment in eastern Baghdad in 2007-8 during the height of the Surge.


  1. The young men and women went forth and volunteered to join the military as patriots. I read the reviews. I'm convinced that reading the book would be too stressful for me as it would for anyone with a modicum of empathy (and some of the comments as much as said so).

    The question really is, why were they there?

    This is a very disturbing question that certainly haunts me. Perhaps we can't know for sure, but my impression is that it was to preserve the wealth and interests of millionaires and billionaires. Using naïve troops as collateral is unconscionable if that's what it is.

  2. I will say it is quite an intense book. It is not an easy read. And after reading I felt like I should mention it here.

    As for the political question of why were they sent there I wish to encourage everyone to reach their own conclusions.