|Letters to a Soldier
Author: Darkwood Princess PM
From love to hate.Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Hurt/Comfort - Words: 435 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 08-09-11 - Status: Complete - id: 7269606
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19 August 2010
Hate mail is not something I would normally send, but in your case I'll make an
exception. As a person who considers themselves pretty tolerant and usually kind, you make me
sick! My name is Darkwood Princess, and after reading about you in The Things They Carried, by
Tim O'Brien, I can say that you are my least favorite soldier in all of Alpha Company.
What kind of guy blows up a puppy and blames it on being a boy? I know plenty of guys
and none of them would find that stunt cute or blame it on their gender. Men by nature do not
have to be destructive or vindictive. You unfortunately fit the bill on both counts. I'm sure a
psychologist would have a field day with you and your issues.
I don't understand how you can just make fun of the dead, finding irony where there is
none! A dead soldier and a dead comrade do not warrant stupid jokes. At least you had the
intelligence to realize that the ones made about Kiowa were wrong! Kiowa was a great soldier
and did not deserve to die or be made fun of. Neither did any of the other people you insulted.
Why is it that when you don't understand something Azar, you mock it? Is there some
part of you that just has to grab the spotlight and showcase your ignorance? I would think that
mocking a young girl who had lost everything was beneath even you. To make light of the pain
suffered by those around you proves how insensitive you are. If I were you I would think long
and hard about what kind of person I would want to be remembered as. I for sure would not want
to be remembered as the team jerk.
My advice to you, though I doubt you will take it, is to learn when to stop. Sometimes
enough is enough. For example, when you and O'Brien scared Bobby Jorgenson as part of
O'Brien's revenge scheme, you could have stopped when O'Brien told you to. It would have
been enough. Jorgenson had learned his lesson and O'Brien had taken his fill. There is such a
concept as flogging a dead horse, and whether or not you agree, that's all you were doing. It
takes a bigger man to know when to stop. If you could ever figure that out Azar, life would be a
heck of a lot easier.
Darkwood Princess (a.k.a your mother)