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Subject: Why I will not play a war game today - R.I.P. Staff Sgt. Ergin Osman rss

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Chris Buhl
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I play a lot of war games. In fact, a day rarely passes that I don't play at least a turn of a PBEM game on Vassal, or solo something on the table, or at least read a rulebook of a game I hope to play some day. I am a bit obsessed with them, it seems, even though I've never been a soldier or anywhere near a war. At the risk of sounding corny, war doesn't seem like something I want to make a game of today.

For the first time in my life, I learned that someone I once knew, personally, was killed in action. His name was Ergin Osman, he was a Staff Sergent with the 101st Airborne Brigade. A roadside bomb killed him and five other soldiers near Kandahar, on May 26th.

I want to be clear, Ergin and I were not close friends. I knew him in the early 90's, when I worked at a boarding school he attended for a year or so. We got along great, I liked him a lot, but when he left school we never saw each other again. The only time I think about him is when our one mutual friend gets in touch with me every few years and we reminisce. I doubt Ergin spent much time thinking about me either, unless he and Joey were doing the same every now and again. Still, he really was a good kid, I did like him.

Although he was having a hard time when I knew him, he was a kid who made friends and shared loyalty with them. I'm not surprised to hear he became a non-com in the Army, or that he served in the Marines for 10 years before joining the 101st. He was a tough kid, in a good way, when I knew him. Tough and stubborn too, but I think you've probably got to be that way to make it in those outfits. I expect that as he got older, and served his country, "stubborn" became things like "dedicated," "committed," and "reliable." That's often what happens if you give a stubborn kid half a chance.

So although I'm not personally in a lot of pain, it is sad to hear about this. And of course, the real tragedy; Ergin was married with two sons. Thinking about that makes me want to weep.

I don't think there's anything morally wrong with playing war games. Tomorrow I'll be back to it, and the next day and the next. And if I'm lucky, while I play I'll think a little bit about Ergin or the other soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines who are fighting.

But not today. In memory of Staff Sargent Ergin Osman, as a small token to hopefully honor the sacrifice he made, just for today I will not make war a game. May you rest in peace Ergin. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and the men in your unit tonight. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
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What a "befitting tribute" and delivered eloquently as their eulogy to 'boot'! Now, I didn't personally KNOW this individual, while 'moi' shall preface with stating that I KNOW of others akin in demeanor as this same kindred 'spirit', and for whom I heap greatest 'regards' upon their behalf. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends for whom WE commiserate amongst upon this occasion, and rest peacefully throughout eternity as we commit to remembrances on your ultimate sacrifice, dearest soul.
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A verythoughtful eulogy. Respectful, sincere and heartfelt. Thank-you for the post.
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ParaBoxerX wrote:
May he rest in peace for sacrificing his life for his country.
My thoughts and prayers also go out to Ergin, his family, his friends and to the other families in the US who have lost loved ones. Unfortunately, Ergin did not sacrifice his life for his country, although I am sure he was doing what he believed was the right thing to do for his country and family. Sgt Osman's life was sacrificed by the global ruling elite psychopaths who are using the good soldiers of America to further their agenda for greed, power and one-world government. In fact one of the higher echelons of the shadow government responsible for Ergin's death are meeting this week in Bilderberg Switzerland, the same week as Ergin lost his life. Unless we all wake up to what really is happening then more and more soldiers and civilians are going to continue to die needlessly to satisfy the cravings of a few. It's time to honor the life of Ergin and other slain soldiers not by reiterating mistaken cliches but by taking our heads out of the sand.
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Why do some people insist on making political statements when others are simply trying to remember and honor a fallen soldier. It's just damn disrespectful.
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Snowman wrote:
ParaBoxerX wrote:
May he rest in peace for sacrificing his life for his country.
My thoughts and prayers also go out to Ergin, his family, his friends and to the other families in the US who have lost loved ones. Unfortunately, Ergin did not sacrifice his life for his country, although I am sure he was doing what he believed was the right thing to do for his country and family. Sgt Osman's life was sacrificed by the global ruling elite psychopaths who are using the good soldiers of America to further their agenda for greed, power and one-world government. In fact one of the higher echelons of the shadow government responsible for Ergin's death are meeting this week in Bilderberg Switzerland, the same week as Ergin lost his life. Unless we all wake up to what really is happening then more and more soldiers and civilians are going to continue to die needlessly to satisfy the cravings of a few. It's time to honor the life of Ergin and other slain soldiers not by reiterating mistaken cliches but by taking our heads out of the sand.


Isn't that quite the display of douchebaggery that you have given us. This was not the place for that comment. Truly shameful.
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Snowman wrote:
ParaBoxerX wrote:
May he rest in peace for sacrificing his life for his country.
blah blah blah conspiracy theories oil power government is bad.


You don't get out much do you?
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ParaBoxerX wrote:
SimGuy wrote:
SSG Ergin Osman
A better man than I.

Do you know him personally?


I wish I had. I have worked with many of the troops of the 101st, it's possible I may have met him, but it's a big division, and if I had, I can't recall for certain. But I certainly knew some of his brothers in arms, and they were (and are) all fine men and women, any of whom I would be proud to know better.
It's humbling to me to think that there are people like that willing to stand between my family and our nation's enemies. A little bit of the best of America is lost whenever we lose one of them, or their fellow soldiers.
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Snowman wrote:
...not by reiterating mistaken cliches but by taking our heads out of the sand.


I know where you can stick your head.
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Chris,

My own practice happens to be the opposite but it comes from the same desire to honor. I will honor his sacrifice by carrying on with both my work and my pasttimes. I will do so while at the same time recognizing that it is sacrifices like his that allow me to do so.

Regardless of how I do things, I wholeheartedly support your gesture for SSG Osman. As a Soldier myself, I can not do otherwise.

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pmbrill77 wrote:
Chris,

My own practice happens to be the opposite but it comes from the same desire to honor. I will honor his sacrifice by carrying on with both my work and my pasttimes. I will do so while at the same time recognizing that it is sacrifices like his that allow me to do so.

Regardless of how I do things, I wholeheartedly support your gesture for SSG Osman. As a Soldier myself, I can not do otherwise.

Paul B


Well said Paul. Thanks. And to all of you who posted, thanks as well.

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Well written, Chris.
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