While I watched
I am the father of three young boys. I am also the son of a U.S. Navyveteran whose flag presented to my mother upon his passing in 1999 remains among my most treasured possessions. His brother, my Uncle Leonard, carried wounds and a Purple Heart earned in combat in Korea with him until he too passed, a decade ago. I won't dishonor their courage and patriotism by claiming to speak for either. Perhaps my father or uncle would remain steadfast in our country's mission in Afghanistan if presented with the full picture of our involvement there since Sept. 11. But, of course, that wasn't the beginning of our involvement there, nor the sole reason we remain there. To explain the details of that history would require me to review for my own sons hundreds of years of colonial expansion by multiple world powers, religious extremism, failed "nation-building" and shifting geopolitical sands that even
Which brings us back to the madness. What, most fundamentally, should Mr. Samad now ask of us — of our government, of me, or of my family? Whatever his questions, I'm not sure I'd have any answers for him. I'm also not sure anyone responsible for our military involvement in and around his village will have any answers for him either.