Thursday, August 18, 2005

"...the men who go to war and live are spared for the single purpose of spreading bad news when they return, the bad news about the way war is fought and why, and by whom and for whom, and the more men who survive the war, the higher the number of men who might speak.
Unfortunately, many of the men who live through the war don't understand why they were spared. They think they are still alive in order to return home and make money and fuck their wife and get drunk and wave the flag.
These men spread what they call good news, the good news about war and warriors. Some of the men who spread good news have never fought--so what could they have to say about the purity of war and warriors? These men are liars and cheats and they gamble with your freedom and your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the reputation of your country."

-Anthony Swofford, "Jarhead, a Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles."

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is still having trouble imagining how U.S. boys and girls could have done all those horrible things at Abu Gharib.