Forgetfulness can be a difficult thing to deal with. It has become a growing concern among Americans that with everything happening in this country that it is hard to keep track of all the things that we are involved in overseas. A university newspaper article at Washington University in St. Louis brings up this very point. The article reminds us that recently passed was the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The article points out that with all of our concerns on the home front, Hurricane Katrina, health care problems and the recession we at home have lost sight of those of those who are fighting for America in Afghanistan. Another reason the author this piece gives for the forgotten nature for the war in Afghanistan is that there is no draft so most people at home are not so deeply concerned with the progression of the war.
We can see this work in the opposite way as well. In my Literary Responses to War and Peace class at Grand Valley State University we recently read the play The Ghosts May Laugh by Stuart D. Lee. A character in that play, Jones, who is fighting in the trenches during World War I, reads any paper he can find so that he can get news of what is happening at home while he is overseas. It seems to me that when soldiers go away from home to fight they do everything they can to stay connected to home. Yet unless we are directly connected to someone overseas the war to us is only something that we see on the news once and awhile or a popular topic for discussion in classrooms or among friends. As this eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan passes I hope that everyone will remember that right now there are numbers of Americans away from their homes fighting for us and the American way of life.