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Two Generations of Warriors: A Family's Legacy

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January 4, 2019
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It's 2019 and this year men and women who weren't alive for the beginning of the war will be fighting in it. Two generations of warriors will have fought over the blood-soaked land of the Middle East. Whether Afghanistan or Iraq or somewhere else, many who weren't even alive when the World Trade Centers were attacked will be spilling blood because of that attack.Weird. I'm not really sure where I want to go with this. I just find it odd that we will have brought up two generations of warriors with seemingly no end in sight as Russia and China are making aggressive moves to be dominant players on the world stage. Will we leave the Middle East only to engage in a war against neer pear level adversaries like the two nations mentioned? Or will we stay in the Middle East as policies and presidential promises change? Will we leave and be at peace for once in the last 18 years?These questions probably wouldn't be so interesting if we weren't still in Afghanistan (since 2001 and Iraq since 2003 as well as the whole host of other countries). Furthermore, how is warfare for this new generation going to happen? Drones? AI?As a nation, we've raised two generations of warriors and they couldn't be more different than each other. They are not different in their drive or their purpose, merely the type of fight they will be participating in. Those of us from the early 2000 era fought a totally different fight than they are fighting right now. I'm almost certain that those fighting today will look at the warriors 10 years from now and have some of the same questions.Maybe none of this made any sense, but it just strikes me as interesting that we've been doing this for 18 years come September, and there are still so many questions left unanswered, unasked and unknown.

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