27 November 2006


A man who was against the Iraq war died of self-immolation in Chicago days before the mid-term elections. Unfortunately for his grand statement, it went widely unnoticed.
Aglow for the crush of morning commuters, his flaming body was supposed to be a call to the nation, a symbol of his rage and discontent with the U.S. war in Iraq. [...]

There was only one problem: No one was listening.
Now, of course, people speak of the man's musical talent and his battle with depression. It seems that no one is quite sure, though, if he should be hailed as a martyr for the anti-war movement, or if his suicide was more to do with mental illness.

I look at the guy as a quitter who left behind his family and friends days before the results of the mid-term elections may have given him hope and a reason to believe that his continued protests might actually be having an effect.

Well, that, or the ghost of Mrs. O'Leary's cow pushed him to do it.


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