November 12th, 2007

Napoleon

Veteran's Day

War inspired poetry is making the rounds today, lionizing all soldiers and naming them all heroes. As a soldier myself, I'd say that's crap - the heroes are the ones who do heroic things; preferably in service of a noble aim or in defense of life rather than in taking it. Ask the soldiers in Iraq why they want to see the job done (and most of them do) - I warrant they'll tell you it's duty to each other, and not to ideal. It's love of their brothers that puts men in the way of the bullet, again and again.

So in the spirit of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" - I copy a more modern poem, by Brian Turner, an Iraq war veteran.

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It's Veteran's Day. Not every veteran is a hero, but every veteran made a sacrifice. Their suffering is worth remembering as well as their service; maybe in the future, there can be less of it.
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