Human Parts
Published in

Human Parts


Reflections on 20 Years of War

A veteran’s musings on leaving Afghanistan and the killing fields

Photo courtesy of the author

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell. — William Tecumseh Sherman




A publication from Medium about humanity: yours, mine, and ours.

Recommended from Medium

120,000: A Failure of Conscience

We Need a General Strike

Learn from elephants the stages of falling in love with ideas

This Thing Was Never About Personal Choice

The American Economy Runs on Nothing But Hustle

How We Will Talk About 2020 In the Future

Why Does Nobody Ask Why Any More?

A Brief (As Possible) History of “Cancel Culture”

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Benjamin Sledge

Benjamin Sledge

Author | Combat wounded veteran | Mental health specialist | Former geopol intel | Pre-order my war memoir—Where Cowards Go to Die—here:

More from Medium

Current Status: On Fire

I Was Born In Odessa Ukraine

Is Zelensky, the Comic-turned-president, Too Good to Be True?

What Does “Trust in Media” Even Mean?