Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Story Worth Knowing

I went to see Lone Survivor today. Now I'll be reading the book.

That's backwards, I know. But having watched this riveting story, I want to know more of the details. This often happens when I see a truly compelling story on film. I end up backfilling by reading the book, and it's always been worth it.

There's no doubt this time will be no exception. The story of Operation Red Wings is one I've followed for years, including a blog posting in 2007 when a posthumous Medal of Honor was awarded to Lt. Michael Murphy, the team leader.

One critic has called the film "war porn." Really? That's an ungracious description by a very unheroic individual. Despite the blood and brutality--or perhaps because of it--I say we should all know more about the terrible sacrifices made by our courageous military fighters. Lone Survivor, written by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, helps us to better understand the incalculable human cost of war and the heroes who stand so bravely in harm's way.

Whatever it is that makes such men, I'm so very grateful for them.