From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava

Friday evening and we are once again in the Westfield Library. Tonight, we have Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman (former US Marine) talk about his book "FROM BAGHDAD WITH LOVE: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava". More on the book can be found on amazon including some pictures of Lava.
And this is another good illustration for the point that I made in my previous blog entry about Westfield and the fact that we do have a great cultural program in this town.
Jay Kopelman spoke for more than an hour about the war in Iraq, his role as a soldier in it and about the dog named Lava. He didn't just read from his book but he actually told a story, a story that was convincing, engaging, at times sad but about everything else credible and thought-provoking. I really appreciated his honesty and straight answers not catering to any political agenda in particular.
I haven't read the book, yet, but from what I understand now, the dog is just a discussion starter and it is really about so much more, in particular the role that our country should or should not play involving itself in the world. And there are facts and thoughts that are rarely heard in our culture of media hype and polarization.
Certainly an evening that gave me a lot of food for thought.

Signing off - The Westfield Blogger

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