“When you’re left wounded on Afganistan’s plains
and the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier”
Over a hundred years ago, Kipling wrote this script, urging the British soldiers to keep a stiff upper lip and do the right thing so that the sun would never set on their English empire. What most people like to quote is the very last line.
How strange to see this entire quote in the context of today, when American troops are facing war in such a far away land.
Russia could not win against that small country. Alexander the Great, I hear, chose to stop his war with the people there, then went on to conquering other parts of the “known” world.
I simply don’t want to see one of our nation’s soldiers try to “tough it out,” to follow Kipling’s lead. I would prefer to see all empires crumble, rather than hear that the “good guy” forced a way of life on another culture, another people.
Let Afghanistan to the Afghans. Our war was with Al Ouida, wasn’t it?
Let’s not let any women touch the remains of our soldiers. Or for a single soldier to use his rifle the Kipling way. . .