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January 14, 2004

Rendezvous with Death

This combat video is not for the faint of heart. But some of you out there ask what it's like.

Well, this is as close as I can get you. It's not work-safe if you don't work for the military. Not for the squeamish or children. Definitely rated R for combat violence.

But, in the final analysis, this is what we warriors do. We kill people, break things, and control what's left - at the direction of the civilian leadership of this nation.

As for the Iraqi soldier's in this video, well, they had a rendezvous with death - and sometimes in war you find yourself between a rock and a hard place with nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, and no way to surrender. At that time and place, it sucks to be you. Sometimes you see death coming. Sometimes it seems the hand of Mars just reaches out and smacks you. These guys got smacked.

To save my bandwidth (and improve your playback) it's better to download it than to stream it. Here it is. If it makes you unhappy - you were warned.

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air -
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath -
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear...
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

Alan Seeger, 1917

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