Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Why?

Read this article in Salon.com (subscription/Day Pass required; it’s worth it) by Dante Zappala that asks the simple question, “Why did my brother die in Iraq?”

For most of America today, the “War in Iraq” has been dumbed down to nothing more than a political football. We’ve got two teams trying to pick up a fumble and run with it. We’ve wrangled now for two years over the existence of WMD. But in our obsession with that process, we neglect soldiers like Sherwood — and Iraqi civilians — whose lives were sacrificed to find those weapons. As it turns out, to not find those weapons.

For me, it took the tragedy of Sherwood’s death to remove the security blanket of righteousness. I don’t wish tragedy on others, so I pray others will take an initiative toward being rational, truthful and unafraid on their own.