Monday, January 22, 2007

The nature of trivial things - revisited

My last post created some confusion and controversy. Franky, some of the confusion is because it is simply a confusing issue.

Deaths in the military are facts of life. Everyone who wears the uniform learns this rather quickly. Even in peace time the nature of the job requires risk taking and someone is going to be hurt or killed.

Dwelling on this aspect of military life is counter-productive save in one important way.

These folks work for us!

If we send them to do combat in our names we can not allow them to become trivial numbers in some newspaper story about some other issue, at the same time we can not allow their deaths and injuries to deflect us (and those serving) from the job at hand.

It's a paradox, and not a new one either.

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