Vor Menschen wie dem im Irak gefallenen Angehörigen der U.S. Army und Blogger Andrew Olmstedt kann ich nur meinen virtuellen Hut ziehen. Ein Freund von ihm hat auf seine Bitte hin seinen schon vorsorglich verfassten - äusserst lesenswerten und bewegenden - Abschiedsbrief ins Netz gestellt.
I do ask (not that I'm in a position to enforce this) that no one try to use my death to further their political purposes. I went to Iraq and did what I did for my reasons, not yours. My life isn't a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side. If you think the U.S. should stay in Iraq, don't drag me into it by claiming that somehow my death demands us staying in Iraq. If you think the U.S. ought to get out tomorrow, don't cite my name as an example of someone's life who was wasted by our mission in Iraq. I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I'm not around to expound on them I'd prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn't support.
Hier sein ebenfalls äusserst lesenswertes Blog über den Alltag eines Angehörigen der U.S. Army in Bagdad.
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