Friday, November 14, 2003
I was surfing around and found the following. It reminded me of a passage from A Rumor of War, which is a first person nonfiction account of war in Vietnam. The author is arriving at Danang with his boot camp graduates and, while on the tarmac waiting for their truck, they encounter a grizzled and hardened Gunnery Sergeant laughing and joking with a group of other soldiers.
Then a truck pulls up and some other fellows start moving caskets from the back of the truck to the belly of a plane.
Everyone goes quiet, and the Gunny, now solemn, shakes his head and says: "Goddamn this war".
That's how this make me feel. My opinion is that we need to do what we're doing, but nonetheless, from a "what a pathetic species" perspective:
Goddamn this war.