The loss of thirteen young military personnel in Afghanistan is a great human tragedy!
It is understood that when young men and women commit themselves to the military, that they put their lives in danger.
But after 20 years of war in Afghanistan, and about 2,400 killed, it is still a great shock to have thirteen military personnel helping to evacuate Americans and Afghan supporters, being slaughtered by a suicide bomber.
These young men and women are patriots, and watching the dignified return of the remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, with President Biden, his wife, and his Cabinet and military leaders present, to honor the fallen, is a very emotional moment.
This author and blogger feels as if he has lost people he knows, and all Americans should have the same sentiments!
It is also notable that the fallen include people of color and different religious heritages, and it reminds us of the sacrifices and patriotism of our diverse society, and we cannot allow white supremacists to promote hate and division!
We still live in a world of evil, with many enemies who wish to destroy democracy and peace, so the struggle against terrorism is not over!