Saturday, May 26, 2007

On the death of a soldier

I would like to extend my condolences to Professor Andrew Bacevich of Boston university on the death of his son Andrew junior. Lt Bacevich was killed in action in Iraq on May 13th. Words cannot express the respect I feel for both of them and the sorrow I feel for professor Bacevich's loss.

It is nauseating to think that none of the men who promoted this illegal, immoral and murderous war, or any of their children would dream of fighting in it. And it is unbearably sad to think that precisely one of the most articulate, reasoned and firm opponents of the war should lose a son there; killed while following their family's tradition of bearing arms in the country's service.

The death of Lt. Bacevich and the grief of his warrior-historian father has notes of ancient Rome, Greek tragedy or of the heroes of the Mahabharata. Peace to both of them and to those who love them. Amen.

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