This army officer was awarded the New York Times Quotation of the Issue today in talking about coping with the pain of losing your comrades in Iraq:
"Crying doesn’t make me any less of a man. To not show emotion, you’re an idiot, or you’re living a pipe dream. If someone were to tell me not to show emotion, I’d hit them in the lip."
The full gruelling article can be found at:
Richard Oppel, A Salute for His Wounded, a Last Touch for the Dead, New York Times, April 2, 2007.
Image: Personnel at a memorial for Sergeant Sebban, who had shouted to alert fellow soldiers of the truck bomb rather than taking cover himself.