This is the closest I've come to losing someone I know to this stupid war. And I hope it never gets any closer. To me, Andrew was a guy I only knew as an occasional poster and frequent commenter on Obsidian Wings, and I doubt we exchanged more than a few comments directly to each other. He had a different perspective from mine, but nonetheless seemed like a smart, decent and straight-up kind of person. No, I didn't know him at all, really, but it hurts anyway. I can't imagine what his family and friends feel.
It's just horrible.
Even if he says it isn't, and that serving was his choice, I can't help but feel: What a waste.
It doesn't help that my office had a good-bye lunch today, literally minutes before I learned of Andrew's death, for a friend at work who was just called-up from inactive reserve, to do a 400 day tour of Afghanistan.
Such a stupid waste.