No Greater Love

One truck to Kamdesh (God knows why), eight feet wide on a road barely that. Two wheels shot out, six casualties, and it's just in the way. One truck must return, one man must drive. A cliff washed out, one truck must fall. Ejected, crushed, mourned - Keating accepted no surrogate.

This is my first minisaga, written after being encouraged by Dodd Caldwell to put my thoughts to this form. It tells my understanding of the emotional story of 1 Lt. Ben Keating as reported in Jake Tapper's The Outpost [see also here and here]. He gave his life serving in Afghanistan, because he couldn't bring himself to send one of his men to drive to his death instead.

By rights, he never should have been in that vehicle, and it seems likely that the LMTV never should have been on that road. His story epitomizes Jesus' observation in John 15:13, "Greater love has no man that this, that he lay down his life for his friends."