Section 60 is where the Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, and in his editorial, Milbank notes that, “Those fallen warriors, buried alongside those who died in earlier conflicts, have filled 25 rows since the first arrived in early 2002.”
Think about that - 25 rows of graves. What if your father was buried there, or your brother, or your son, or your daughter? Would you think differently about military action in Syria?
Anyone who favors military action in Syria has to ask themselves, “Is a war in Syria worth more fresh graves in Arlington National Cemetery?” The answer to that question is No.
Nothing that happens in Syria will affect our national interest. So if the Syrians choose to kill each other with chemical weapons, so be it. That kind of thing has been happening since the dawn of civilization.
If you think we’re going to stop it by attacking Syria, you are delusional.
Syria is one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, dating back to at least 3000 BC, and Syrians have been killing each other ever since. Syrians have been killing each other since long before Julius Caesar ruled the Roman Empire. So what makes anyone think we can do better than Caesar did?
And besides, who made it our responsibility to stop the Syrians from killing each other in the first place?
Ask yourself that question when you visit Arlington, and look at the row upon row of graves in Section 60.
Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful and solemn place, but it is an incredibly sobering place when you go there to visit the grave of a good friend.
When I visit to Arlington, I always go to Section 6, which is very close to section 60, and I visit Grave 5813-A-2, which is the grave of my good friend Jim Ricketts. You can also find Jim’s name on Panel 25W, Row 25 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Have we learned anything since May 8, 1969 when Jim died?
Will we ever learn?