When my daughter enlisted in the National Guard, I was proud of her for having the discipline to make it through basic training. But with the wisdom of one who has seen the effects of the Vietnam War, I said: "Baby, are you sure you should do this?" She said:" Mom, don't worry, I want to fight fires and build roads for Oregon, and there is never going to be another war." |
When she called me after her unit went from Kuwait to Mosul in a convoy and told me she had gone through roads littered with depleted uranium dust and Iraqi tanks full of dead bodies, I began to feel the dread a parent feels when his or her child is facing mortal danger.