Andy Olmsted, who posted as G’Kar on Obsidian Wings, was killed yesterday in Iraq. I always enjoyed his posts, especially when I disagreed with them, because he was so clearly thoughtful. I find myself terribly sad for the death of a man who I only knew through his words. He asked that we not politicize his death, and so I’ll simply say that people like him help make this country a wonderful place.
Hilzoy has posted a final post he wrote before he died: Andy Olmsted.
Believe it or not, one of the things I will miss most is not being able to blog any longer. The ability to put my thoughts on (virtual) paper and put them where people can read and respond to them has been marvelous, even if most people who have read my writings haven’t agreed with them. If there is any hope for the long term success of democracy, it will be if people agree to listen to and try to understand their political opponents rather than simply seeking to crush them.