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6 April 2014


Bringing a War Home

Brian Turner, Iraqi war veteran, on coming home from war:

Maybe it isn’t that it’s so difficult coming home, but that home isn’t a big enough space for all that I must bring to it. America, vast and laid out from one ocean to another, is not a large enough space to contain the war each soldier brings home. And even if it could—it doesn’t want to.

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10 April 2015 @ 7am

“It doesn’t want to” is the most devastating condemnation here. Americans have never wanted to confront the morality of our foreign policy decisions. Its easier to let the official bromides explain away the trauma — “we are fighting over there so that we don’t have to fight here” and “our military gives us our freedom.”

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