jump to example.com

End the real War on Christmas: War

newspaper | @nickfnord | Support this author on Patreon

Imagine it’s the week of Christmas and you’re far away from home.

There is no chance that you will see your family or your once familiar friends in time. You miss the taste of pizza and there’s likely no gifts waiting for you around the corner. You’ve been far away from home for a while. Or perhaps it’s only been a short time but it’s your second, third, or even fourth time doing this.

And then you get killed in the line of duty.

This is what happened on Monday to 6 American soldiers at the largest US military base in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber riding on a motorcycle attacked a patrol of American soldiers and Afghanistan officials. In addition to the 6 soldiers that died in the explosion, 2 more were wounded, as was an Afghan interpreter.

One of the soldiers was Joseph Lemm, a New York police veteran who hadn’t seen his family in over a year. Another was a woman named Adrianna Vorderbruggen of the Air Force. Vorderbruggen was a gay rights activist who fought against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and leaves behind her wife and adopted son.

Both of these individuals will never spend another Christmas with their families. They won’t be able to experience the joy of being around their loved ones. The state has decided that this fruitless, costly and morally atrocious war should take the lives of more men and women.

And now that they’ve died, ABC reports, “New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton released a statement Monday night, saying Lemm ‘epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first.’”

I’m not one to rely on Ayn Rand as a voice of discontent but this is the epitome of using altruism as a weapon. The subordination of the individual to the nation-state is one of the biggest elements that keeps war thriving. Their self-worth isn’t defined by what they do for their families, communities or themselves. It’s what they do for their counties, cities, states and country, a.k.a. their government.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and by many accounts is makingprogress in the southern parts of Afghanistan. After more than a decade of wars in the Middle East it is morbidly laughable that the cycle of violence continues.

As of last Christmas, President Obama told us that the war would be over. Yet those soldiers still waited there and died in a war that mixes elements of American imperialism and the War on Drugs. Given the abysmal failure of the Wars on Terror and Drugs, these soldiers have likely died in vain.

In Afghanistan, poppy seeds inflate terrorist groups in the region of Helmand. But despite the presence of US soliders attempting to cut them off from this funding source, several outlets such as CNN and ABC have said that it’s possible the entire region could fall withina few days to the Taliban.

Even the Secretary of Defense Ash Carter expressed disappointment: “The Taliban’s advances in some parts of the country, however temporary, underscore that it’s a tough fight and it’s far from over.”

ABC reports “the bodies of the six airmen will be received at Dover Air Force BaseWednesday in a dignified transfer ceremony.”

But there is no dignity in war and there is no dignity in being separated from your family. There is no dignity in dying for unjust, fruitless wars, ones that have taken so much, yet given so little.

Wars stop us from practicing good will, they hamper peace on earth and they deny life itself.

So let’s do the festive thing and end the real war on Christmas: War itself.


Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Cliff Hyra

Chris Graham interviews Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Cliff Hyra.

Another new poll gives Northam big lead in Virginia governor race

One Virginia governor race poll released yesterday had Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie tied.

Poll: Trump unpopular in Virginia

President Donald Trump is well under water among Virginia voters, according to new poll results released by the University of Mary Washington.

The Petty Hearts bring Tom Petty tribute to Wayne Theatre on Sept. 22

Tom Petty tribute band The Petty Hearts are coming to the Wayne Theatre on Friday, Sept. 22.

Virginia Chili, Blues n' Brews Festival set for Saturday

The Virginia Chili, Blues n' Brews Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday in Downtown Waynesboro.

Events Calendar

Upcoming events in the Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia and statewide from the Augusta Free Press Events Calendar. Don't see your event listed? Email augustafreepress2@gmail.com.

UVA alum Chris Long to donate first six NFL game checks to fund scholarships

The Chris Long Foundation announced today that Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long will donate his first six game checks of the 2017 NFL season to fund two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville.

Game Preview: VMI, Chattanooga look to get back on track on Saturday

VMI knew the 2017 football season was going to be a rebuilding year. Chattanooga, coming off a playoff appearance in 2016, had its usual high expectations.

Game Preview: UVA has a chance at Boise State

Vegas and the ESPN Power Index don’t give UVA much of a chance to win at Boise State on Friday night.

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: First look at UVA-Boise State

Chris Graham and Scott German take a first look at the UVA-Boise State game set for Friday night.

Web Design, Marketing

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.

Recent Posts
Your One-Stop Media Shop
Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.