Topic: "Bleached Bones" (5)
Alexander the Great conquered the known world by the time he was 33 years of age. Scrounging for a little perspective, Frodo noted that his forward progress was halted by the nickel defense utilized by the Camels of Afghanistan.
Crucified between his 33rd and 34th years, Jesus of Nazareth and his Band of Reknown arranged concerts and sent thank-you notes to their fans in Ephesus, Rome, and other campuses throughout the world as they knew it. There is no record of any performance in Kabul.
Frodo read the James Michener book "Caravans" several years ago, and has subsequently paid homage to the writer who describes exactly how it has come to be that certain locations on our small, blue planet are so truly desolate. It should be noted that he also wrote "Texas," which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he therefore was not required to write a book entitled "Hell." This book was enough to convince Frodo that the Khyber Pass would not be included in his popularly-defined "bucket list."
What this little discussion does reflect is Frodo's increasing concern over the presence of Hobbits, Riders of Rohan, Dwarves, and Men of Gondor in a place that even Jesus didn't think was worth any of his 33 years. Frodo is even more concerned that the greatest military leader of almost any age had his butt kicked by guys who looked much then as they do today. The difference being that now they have RPG's and IED's (Frodo hopes that he has not confused his acronyms and erroneously described something inter-uterine).
It is easy to accept that the pursuit of mindless Orcs is a challenge which remains from the mishandling of the Incomparable Moron and his Puppeteer from Transylvania. There is however, little evidence that the dissenters from the Koran remain in Afghanistan. Those getting killed do include an awful lot of people who haven't done anything to anybody. So what in the blazes are we doing there? Why does Frodo spend time scanning the obtuaries to see if some kid he knows has just been blown to pieces?
If Frodo is wrong, then he errs on the side of the good guys. He'd prefer not to see his healthcare dollars consumed by the Veterans Administration.