The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Iraq Blogger Major Andrew Olmsted Killed in Ambush

Major Andrew Olmsted who posted a blog since May 2007, was killed in Iraq on Thursday, Jan. 3. Major Olmsted, who had been based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, began blogging after his unit was sent to Iraq with the mission of helping to train the Iraqi Army.---from Rocky Mountain News

Major Omsted was able to leave a post regarding his own death and last thoughts on his experiences in Iraq. Here is an excerpt from hisFinal Post

This may be a contradiction of my above call to keep politics out of my death, but I hope not. Sometimes going to war is the right idea. I think we've drawn that line too far in the direction of war rather than peace, but I'm a soldier and I know that sometimes you have to fight if you're to hold onto what you hold dear. But in making that decision, I believe we understate the costs of war; when we make the decision to fight, we make the decision to kill, and that means lives and families destroyed. Mine now falls into that category; the next time the question of war or peace comes up, if you knew me at least you can understand a bit more just what it is you're deciding to do, and whether or not those costs are worth it.


At January 10, 2008, Blogger Gary Farber said...

Olmsted. Not "Olmstead."

And Andy posted at Obsidian Wings for the past couple of years, both under his own name, and as "G'Kar," while having started posted here in 2002, and blogged here since October, 2001.

He also contributed to a number of other blogs, including Winds of Change.


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