A Soldier Blogger’s Last Words

Major Andrew Olmsted”s “Final Post” was published online after the Rocky Mountain News blogger was killed in Iraq. He termed himself a libertarian. In his last blog he warned against using his death as an argument for or against the war.

“My life isn’t a chit to be used to bludgeon people in silence on either side. I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I’m not around to expound on them I’d prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn’t support….If there is any hope for the long term success of democracy, it will be if people agree to listen to and try to understand their political opponents rather than simply seeking to crush them.”

Noted and reported.