Tag — You’re Dead!

Consider two unrelated items getting attention lately:

  • A new book, Lone Survivor, written by Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL who was the sole survivor of a deadly ambush in Afganistan in 2003. He and his three buddies were involved in a running gun battle with 200 Taliban for over two hours, until the others were dead and Luttrell gravely wounded. You can read a gripping account of his ordeal in an interview with Glenn Beck. The book is a bestseller.
  • An elementary school in Colorado Springs has banned tag on the playground, “after some children complained they were harassed or chased against their will.”

The juxtaposition of these two items provides a sad commentary on our times. A culture that refuses to let its children play tag for fear of hurt feelings, will eventually end up with no warriors who can defend its existence.


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