Horror in Afghanistan
Your October 7 cover pulled me in like a magnet. Finally, someone is writing about our victims in Afghanistan. The picture of the young wounded person is not overwrought with emotion; it is totally sad, caring, framed in black. The research is so awful, so horrible, I couldn’t wade through all of it. This is what Chelsea Manning is in prison for—telling the truth.
west chesterfield, n.h.
I would like to hug Bob Dreyfuss and Nick Turse like my sons for their courage in writing their powerful article “America’s Afghan Victims” [Oct. 7]. I have been against war since I was 5: during World War II in Macedonia, I was bombed twice, first by Germans, then by Americans chasing out the Germans and Bulgarians. I can still hear the thud of bombs on the ground around me. I can still see exhausted young men and women partisans in dirty rags and bloody bare feet, captured by Bulgarian soldiers jabbing them with their rifles down my cobblestone street. Ten minutes later the sound of rifles pierced the stillness of the hot summer afternoon—and my heart.
palo alto, calif.
The US government claims to know with remarkable precision the number of people killed by the Syrian gas attack, but gets all fuzzy about the number of civilians it has killed in Afghanistan. We’re not even in Syria and somehow we “know” that number. Ugluk2
So proud that such a brave soul attended my college (Friends World) [Sarah Holewinski, “Marla Ruzicka’s Heroism”]. The problem is that getting involved in the world’s toughest problems you really do pay a price, and Marla paid the ultimate price. Ande
The Great Charlie Mingus
Many thanks for Adam Shatz’s excellent article on the great Charlie Mingus [“An Argument With Instruments,” Oct. 7]. There are always artists who fail to receive their due. Mingus is far from forgotten, but his star is not shining as brightly these days as it deserves to be. The article, in a stylish and factual way, will acquaint readers with Mingus and recall to longtime listeners his many virtues and his faults, which in either case always centered on music—his music.
newfoundland and labrador
Unwinding The Unwinding
Chris Lehmann, in “Great Perturbations” [Sept. 30], missed the point of The Unwinding and furnished a covert example of its point. When Hugo said, “No force on earth can withstand an idea whose time has come,” he left unsaid that the reverse is also true: no force can rescue an idea whose time has passed. The Unwinding describes a passing and a coming, and does so by looking sideways at the detritus washed aside by history’s changing tide—innocent people, innocent presidents and innocent Wall Street moguls—all caught up in the vital seas of change.