From Chris Hedges, who has seen much war: The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It… Continue Reading ››
I actually think I am done now. Well, I’m been thru everything again and re-edited. There are no major additions or changes to the order of pieces yet… but that may happen. I do appreciate all of you who are reading this, as I know the story is not so sweet sometimes, and may actually be offensive to some sensibilities… but it’s just how things were from my perspective… and filtered thru my particular set of social understandings. Some of… Continue Reading ››
I’m going thru the War Journal again, re-editing all the chapters and pieces, opening everything up to public, thinking about some kind of approach to publishing it all. Not sure what direction I’ll take, but am open to suggestions. I came across this bit that I like a lot, so thought I’d put it out here, maybe entice some casual readers to delve into the whole thing. This is from “Desperado Connection” – Ch. 3 of The Trip, the story… Continue Reading ››
After several years of languishing in despair and denial, I am back to the process of finishing this work. I have updated my WordPress and edited a few of the entries in A War Journal, and will continue to work through, editing the old pieces and adding new ones ’til this is done. If there is in fact, even an end to the story….