Enough about sacrificing sons, already!
Enough about sacrificing sons, already!
A wartime lexicon.
June 28 2005 11:27 AM

Don't "Son" Me

End this silly talk about sacrificing children.

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The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are either worthwhile or they are not (and I see that nobody as yet requires an "exit strategy" from Afghanistan). The worst exploitation of a hero by our military has certainly been the crass lying  by the Pentagon about the "friendly fire" death of Pat Tillman, who was looking to risk his life against the Taliban. However, the majority of American dead have still been civilians living in America, and those who prattle on about the sacrifice of children seem not to have read about Beslan, or thought about it, or broken with the lazy old American habit that supposes that war is always "over there."

Correction, June 28, 2005: This piece originally misspelled Gen. George B. McClellan's name. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a columnist for Vanity Fair and the author, most recently, of Arguably, a collection of essays.

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