The Arithmetic of Life and Death,

The financial crisis that has had us all running scared for the future, has distracted our attention from more permanent concerns. The environment seems to be a fair economic weather problem, and wars have been regulated to the fourth division of concern. A week does not pass without us learning that one of our brave soldiers, or many of their brave opponents, has lost life in Afghanistan. We seem to have lost the plot in the drama of Afghanistan, rather as we lost in in the tragedy of Iraq. I do not know what we are fighting for. Perhaps there was never a plot in the first place. Continue reading