Monday, March 10, 2008
Title: The Long Road Home
Author Martha Raddatz
The story of an army humvee in an ambush in Baghdad.
You know how we always hear things on the news that say, "Eight US soldiers were killed in an ambush today in Sadr City. Muqtada al-Sadr's Shiite Militia claims responsibility" and when the next line is something like "Gas prices jump to national average of $3.20/gallon" our minds immediately shift away from Iraq and on to something a little closer to home. Maybe not anymore after reading The Long Road Home, which provides the whole backstory behind the ambush of an army humvee, including the thoughts of those on board, those that came to rescue the soldiers hiding out, and what all of their families were going through back home at Fort Hood. It made me a lot more cognizant of the costs of the war, both human and economic, and made me feel more strongly than ever that while I really appreciate the soldiers who are serving their country, the situation in Iraq is too complicated for our military might to solve alone.