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    Hitchens: Whose Fault Are Veterans’ Deaths?

    ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 31:  A bugler plays "Taps" during the funeral of U.S. Army Specialist Michael D. Elm of Phoenix, Arizona, October 31, 2011 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Specialist Elm, who was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Knox, Kentucky, died October 14, 2011 during his first deployment in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device attack on his unit.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    In a weekend full of sentimental remembrances of veterans from both sides of the Atlantic, you can count on Slate’s Christopher Hitchens to shake things up. Revisiting the writings of Rudyard Kipling, who forced his nearly blind son to go to war, Hitchens wonders if the people we praise as having “given” their lives may actually have had their lives deliberately stolen. It’s important to remember them, either way. “But it’s still more important on such a day to discuss dissent, and to reflect on whether it might have been your own enemy, or your deeply mistaken father, who brought you bound to the pit and alive to the burning."

    Read it at Slate