Our nephew is going to Iraq next month. He will be commanding officer and chief gunner on an Apache attack helicopter. He says he loves to fly. He's less sure about killing, but certain of his duty.
He's a college boy and a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy. He paid for his college with an ROTC scholarship, and one thing has led to another until he has arrived at the front line in a very brutal war. He is 23 years old and just married.
None of the men who started this misbegotten war have children or family members fighting it. Virtually no members of congress have either. The soldiers themselves seem to have no purpose in the war other than to survive it. Euripides said it 2000 years ago: "Young men fight the wars that old men make."