Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Veterans' Day 2014
Tomas Young died just recently, having left a scathing remembrance directed at the people who decided that there was a reason to go to war in Iraq in the first place. He chose to serve his country because 9/11 happened. The Iraq War had nothing to do with 9/11, and his service was in that theater.
The fall-out of the Iraq War is, surprise, more war. WWI was dumb, but set the scene for WWII. The original Gulf War was dumb enough, and the second Iraq War was no smarter. And I know I hate ISIL like a motherfucker, but I know war is dumb. (What they are doing, however, is appalling.) And I know what we are doing there now is dumb. And sometimes even necessary service is dumb. War is dumb. Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade pulls no punches. Kipling and Owen knew it. Pete Seeger got it.
I know bodies and minds get screwed up and that lives are disrupted, that futures of veterans turn on our willingness to admit their privations and compensate them accordingly. And do we?
There's things we could do. But we fall short. We always will. Until we somehow figure out a way to not solve our problems this way anymore. And we aren't there yet.
I honor those who served. I wish we knew better ways to solve our stupid problems.