The tiny whitecaps bare their rotten teeth all morning as wind berates rainwater, as razors of rain gash its surface and then the thunder takes back its threats and the water in the birdbath lies smooth enough to skate on, lies like a mirror holding up a silver airplane while it crosses the sky safely, all its people drinking from their plastic cups.
Study war no more
Mar 18, 2011
Michael Izbicki grew up in a nondenominational church in California. A National Merit Scholarship finalist, he chose to go to the U.S. Naval Academy out of a sense of duty to his country during a time of war. At the naval academy he began to doubt whether the career to which he had committed himself could be squared with the tenets of just war doctrine. He got in trouble when he responded no to this exam question: "If given the order, would you launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead?" After a four-year legal battle, the navy discharged him as a conscientious objector. Izbicki may have to reimburse the service for part or all of his education (New York Times, February 22).