Short Bites: What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and then Mutilates Him in the Dust

A short but intense read, “What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and then Mutilates Him in the Dust” from Dave Eggers’ How We Are Hungry is about one man’s reaction upon learning about the very incident that is the title of the story.

Now, there is no indication this man actually knows the soldier, but the man is deeply affected by the occurrence—it feels personal. All we know is that when we have a fellow countryman perish at the hands of another nation on that nation’s soil, it is the greatest injustice of all time.

You know what, I’m am outraged as well. How dare anyone to anything to anyone anywhere?

To me, this story is an intricate piece because, despite its length, it is thought-provoking. I acknowledge the fear that warfare instills—it’s one that you can’t really shake off—but I also ask: why think less of violence in one’s own homeland? Doesn’t it bring up feelings of uneasiness when you realize I was just there—that could have been me? Here we have Dave Eggers, who is making us think about the reality we live in. Do we speak up, or do we simply move on?