Like everyone else, I've been running around like an idiot, buying gifts and baking and cooking and wrapping and decorating. Then my good friend John Viglianco sent me the following email and it gave me pause. I have not read the John Crawford book that he references herein:
I am reading "The Last True Story I Will Ever Tell". It is a soldier's memoir of his time in Iraq. The synopsis of the book is HATE. Iraqis hate us; our soldiers hate them. The same situation was true for Vietnam. Now, they are hajiis instead of gooks. Maybe you have to hate in order to pull the trigger on your enemy.
This book is full of true horror. If the situation was this futile three years ago, how can we describe the present situation?
This book is guaranteed to make you a Murtha and Kucinich supporter. This is not a book to make you stand up and wave the flag. It hurts to read it.
I have received your message my friend. I'll read the book. I'll hurt.