With the war in Iraq, this Memorial Day will also be a time for pundits to argue both sides of the issue - should we be there, is it a failure, when should we leave, and on and on. We in the western world have freedoms that we take for granted, a collection of rights that we do not think about because they are all around us, all the time. So when I hear the arguments, for and against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, I think of this, from the BBC news website:
Coach Hussein Ahmed Rashid and players Nasser Ali Hatem and Wissam Adel Auda were killed in the al-Saidiya district of the capital.
Witnesses said the three were dressed in shorts and were killed days after militants issued a warning forbidding the wearing of shorts.
To me, that says it all.