Monday, June 06, 2005
Michael Yon is a Journalist currently in Iraq. He is a man who is seeking truth in places other than controversy and politics. The truth of man, and more importantly, what is most important to man. He has a new post up where he makes a journey to a village of people who are from an ancient religion that was persecuted by the Saddam regime. Towards the end of the article, this little nugget of wisdom and observation is presented.
- The demands of digestion had quieted my questioning, but he still wanted to talk. So I listened intently as he talked about the future. Although I had only known him for a few short hours, it was clear that Mr. Qatou liked to talk about the future.
"My life is nearly finished," he said, almost wistfully. "But will be good for my children and my children's children."
"Yes," I said. "It was worth it, no?"
"What?" he asked, confused at my meaning.
"Your struggle," I said. "Now you are free."
Mr. Qatou smiled and disappeared into his memories briefly, then he spoke:
"My life was mostly soldier and prisoner. My children are free."