This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.
Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed — or were killed — on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.
Turns out Zajac was absent because he was taking care of his 87-year-old grandma, which he does since his dad died. And, oh, he happens to have lost the lower portion of both his legs when he got blown up in Iraq six years ago
The reported killings highlight the sectarian nature of Syria’s conflict that has killed more than 94,000 people, according to the UN. Both sides in the fighting have been accused of abuses, with the UN saying that war crimes are a “daily reality” in Syria. Thousands of rebels took part in the attack and at least 10 of them were killed in the fighting, said the Observatory. In Damascus, a government official told the AP news agency that the rebels “carried out a massacre against villagers in which older people and children were killed”.
Drones are terrible, terrible counterterrorism policy, and both Left and Right are responsible for this crap. It isn’t enough to hate war or only act when absolutely pressed. That leads to the kind of carelessness where missiles are shot at a 16 year old American citizen who has no record of anything like jihadi activity. And it obviously does no good to love war, either.
Is it too much to ask for responsible leaders? People who don’t just make hard choices, but work to make the best choice?