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Requiem For A Hero

October 7, 2007

A Brave & Beautiful Soul Remembered. With a warning: It is a TEARJERKER. Seriously, have a tissue handy. Several, actually.

An amazingly beautiful and touching piece by Christopher Hitchens. Even if you aren’t a Hitchens fan (and I know he engenders quite a bit of ire, to say the least, at times), this piece is a MUST read. You may even feel for Hitchens quite a bit. I did.

Rest In Peace, Lt. Mark Daily. I can’t express my gratitude in words, nor can I express how badly I feel at the loss of such a good, brave, kind, heroic and wonderful man. And I know there are many others just as brave and good who have been lost to us all.

So, I’ll just copy a line from the HItchens article that jumped out at me and struck home:

As one who used to advocate strongly for the liberation of Iraq (perhaps more strongly than I knew), I have grown coarsened and sickened by the degeneration of the struggle: by the sordid news of corruption and brutality (Mark Daily told his father how dismayed he was by the failure of leadership at Abu Ghraib) and by the paltry politicians in Washington and Baghdad who squabble for precedence while lifeblood is spent and spilled by young people whose boots they are not fit to clean.

Please take the time to read the article in its entirety.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori_Z permalink
    October 7, 2007 6:28 am

    I can’t manage to get in to edit, so I’m adding in the comment section instead.

    Note that Hitchens didn’t qualify his squabbling politicians wording with partisanship.

    This is for ALL of you in Washington. Stop having pissing matches and worthless resolutions regarding which side is less patriotic. Which “side” has the worst mouth-pieces, i.e. and Rush Limbaugh.

    NONE of you and none of your petty squabbles are as important or as Patriotic as the men and women who are fighting for your very right to debate meaningless drivel. Fighting, defending, protecting; giving up their youth, their innocence, pieces of their souls, their limbs and even their very lives.

    THEY are what matters.

  2. Jim permalink
    October 10, 2007 7:23 am

    major sad

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