Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.

The New York Times recently celebrated the 2000-death "milestone" (or is that "millstone"?) in Iraq.  The photo they used to present the story was of one Colonel Starr, who left a letter on his laptop intended to be found in the event of his death.  They quoted from his letter.  Unfortunately, they didn't quote all of it.  I present, below, a more complete citation (the bold text was not included by the NYTimes):
Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I?m writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I?m pushing my chances. I don?t regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it?s not to me. I?m here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.
I can't take credit for this story; Michelle Malkin and Patterico are both way, way ahead of me.  But I can't let this man's last words go unnoticed, either.

This entry was published Sat Oct 29 10:58:54 CDT 2005 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2005-10-29 10:58:54.0. [Tweet]

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