05 January 2008

Goodbye Andrew Olmsted, RIP

Major Andrew Olmsted, Iraq Blogger, Killed in Ambush

(Picture courtesy of Rocky Mountain News)

I am going to miss his insights, his intellect, his experiences and the impact he had on myself and many others who had the opportunity to read his blog. You can read his final blog post here. He had a fellow blogger, hilzoy (a philosophy professor who specializes in ethics), published his farewell post. The following is an excerpt:

"This is an entry I would have preferred not to have published, but there are limits to what we can control in life, and apparently I have passed one of those limits. And so, like G'Kar, I must say here what I would much prefer to say in person. I want to thank hilzoy for putting it up for me. It's not easy asking anyone to do something for you in the event of your death, and it is a testament to her quality that she didn't hesitate to accept the charge. As with many bloggers, I have a disgustingly large ego, and so I just couldn't bear the thought of not being able to have the last word if the need arose. Perhaps I take that further than most, I don't know. I hope so. It's frightening to think there are many people as neurotic as I am in the world. In any case, since I won't get another chance to say what I think, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. Such as it is."

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

1 comment:

Gary Farber said...

Olmsted. Not "Olmstead."

For more on Andrew, see here, here, and here.