Dispatches from a Foreign War

I have never been in a war. I have lived through many wars. Far too many wars. I was born while the Vietnam War was raging. As a spectator, I have witnessed wars in Asia and the Middle East, all parts of the globe, but always at a distance. I always knew they were happening, thanks to the much derided modern news machine.

My father fought in World War II. Myself. I have never seen a war up close and in person.Wars are like earthquakes and riots and all manner of disasters and tragedies. Witnessing it firsthand and watching it on TV or reading about it in the newspaper are very different experiences. It is very easy to become detached from...


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