A Brief Note Regarding Our Priorities

At church recently, they’ve been asking us to “Pray for those caught in the crossfire of war.” OK, sure — but where is your prayer for the Americans who are over there fighting?

Yes, it’s tragic when innocent people become the victims of armed conflict — and indeed they deserve our prayers — but many people seem oblivious to the fact that we’re fighting a war. Yes, I understand. Who could possibly focus on Afghanistan with Lady Gaga getting thrown out of the Yankee locker room?

Here are some people who get it. They lined the roads in Lake George yesterday to honor Spc. Benjamin D. Osborn, who died doing his job in Afghanistan last week.

I think all of us can find time to read one story about Iraq or Afghanistan every day. I wouldn’t dare tell you what to think about it, just to think about it. If you’re really ambitious, pick up a copy of Sebastian Junger’s new book, War. Junger, who wrote The Perfect Storm, spent a significant amount of time embedded with an Army platoon fighting in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. It’s stunning.

The book is a companion to the documentary Restrepo, made by Junger and his photographer Tim Hetherington. The film will be screened on July 6 at the New York State Museum— and Hetherington will be on hand for a discussion afterward.  Here’s the trailer — and the NY Times review.

UPDATE: Since writing this, we learned of another local soldier killed in Afghanistan, David Taylor Miller of Saratoga Springs.

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