January 5, 2008
'Only the dead have seen the end of war'
The blogosphere lost one of its finest on Thursday when Major Andrew Olmsted was killed in action in Iraq.Olmsted was a great writer who blogged at several sites including his own. His writing was penetrating, incisive, funny, tragic, and heartfelt. He had friends all over the internet who loved him and will miss his presence terribly.Prior to his posting to Iraq, Olmsted wrote the most remarkable post of his career and gave it to one of his co-bloggers at Obsidian Wings. His stipulation: That it only be published in the event of his death.Here, from beyond this life, are the words of wisdom from a man who dispensed little else in his blogging career:This is an entry I would have preferred not to have published, but there are limits to what we can control in life, and apparently I have passed one of those limits. And so, like G'Kar, I must say here what I would much prefer to say in person. I want to thank hilzoy for putting it up for me. It's not easy asking anyone to do something...(Read Full Post)