Seventeen years ago, just after the
“Messiah” is a song about him. It goes like this:
I am the Messiah – I’ve come to save the world
Sometimes I think I’m Satan, ‘cause I killed that little girl
Jehovah, won’t you come down and set your poor boy free
I’m just an ever faithful, crazy Marine who fought for his country
The Marine was a “Messiah,” teaching us to end bad wars. His insanity would end other insanity. Far from making his sacrifice meaningless – as the hawks argued, even then – it would make it supremely meaningful: He would be the last soldier to go nuts for nothing.
Dr. Craig Greenman is Assistant Professor of Humanities at