I read this just a few minutes ago about an American who traveled to Syria to join the Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIL. He died in combat (reportedly) recently.
1. How is this different than those poor deluded souls who go to Syria to fight on the side of ISIL? Why does the US government try to stop one and take no notice of the other? Or do they? Perhaps they treat all of them equally but there are just too few of the Anti-ISIL to hit the radar.
2. I envy this guy. Not that he is dead and likely died violently and in great pain. I envy that he was uncommitted to all those other things in life (family, work, obligations) and decided to use his freedom to go fight in some one else’s war. There aren’t many people on the planet today who are like that. But there are some. And both this guy and all the sudden jihadis prove that there is an inherent genetic hard wired instruction that makes men want to go to war, just for the fun of it. I am no longer in good physical shape, and was never so uncommitted that I could go off and do what I have always in my heart wanted to do, like this guy. So I can only envy him.
3. It would be helpful to see some of his letters home published so we can learn his real motivations instead of speculating.
4. The comments make me weep. So full of lack of understanding about the nature of the human condition, the nature of war, and the nature of what matters in life. Examples: