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Major, Blogger Killed By Terrorists In Iraq

From the ever agenda pushing Associated Press:

Major who wrote blog for Rocky killed in Iraq

Sat, 05 Jan 2008

DENVER (AP) An Army major from Colorado who wrote a blog from Iraq for the Rocky Mountain News was killed during an attack by insurgents.

The News reported the death of Maj. Andrew Olmsted Friday. A Defense Department release confirmed the death, saying Olmsted died Thursday with another soldier, Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque when rebels attacked with small arms near Sadiyah.

Olmsted, who began writing for the News on May 21, asked a friend to post a final posting on his Web site if he died in Iraq. In it, Olmsted, who described himself as a libertarian, warns against making his death an argument for or against the war.

“My life isn’t a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side…I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I’m not around to expound on them I’d prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn’t support,” read the final post on AndrewOlmsted.com.

He also quoted Plato as saying “only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Olmsted leaves behind his wife of 10 years, Amanda Wilson, of Colorado Springs.

“The news is devastating,” News editor John Temple said. “The major was a brave man who obviously thrived on sharing his experiences and thoughts on his blog. He provided a perspective on Iraq that would have been impossible for a journalist. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and unit.” …

Amber posted a link to Major Olmsted’s site on the “Other News” thread.

It’s a very touching story about a true American hero.

How amazing that the AP would even mention it. Though of course they had to imply that he was actually against the war.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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