Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A War Story

I came across this post yesterday. It is a post by a fellow blogger who was serving in Iraq. He left a blog post with his friend to put up in the event of death. That day came, I am sad to say. I didn't know the guy, but the post is worth reading, and no one will fault you when a tear drop or two hits your keyboard.

Follow the link: Andrew Olmsted


Gary Farber said...

Olmsted. Not "Olmstead."

The list of links is here; an account of Andy's funeral the day before yesterday. Comments about Andy here.

What Andy wrote: [...] "I do ask (not that I'm in a position to enforce this) that no one try to use my death to further their political purposes. I went to Iraq and did what I did for my reasons, not yours. My life isn't a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side. If you think the U.S. should stay in Iraq, don't drag me into it by claiming that somehow my death demands us staying in Iraq. If you think the U.S. ought to get out tomorrow, don't cite my name as an example of someone's life who was wasted by our mission in Iraq. I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I'm not around to expound on them I'd prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn't support. Further, this is tough enough on my family without their having to see my picture being used in some rally or my name being cited for some political purpose. You can fight political battles without hurting my family, and I'd prefer that you did so."

Floyd said...

I have made the correction to his name; thank you for pointing that out.

And I have edited this post out of respect. I saw your name a lot on some of those threads, so I know that you're doing your best to carry out Andy's wishes, so I took out my rant and made a new post.