Kauzlarich is portrayed very sympathetically. He was easy to relate to, even though I disagree with the war itself. He truly seemed to care about his men and about helping the Iraqi people. Many of the other soldiers and Iraqis mentioned are made very human by the way Finkel portrays their concerns and their compassion.
The Good Soldiers isn't an anti-war book so much as it is a book about war. The military leaders aren't demonized; the soldiers aren't blamed; the Iraqis aren't all portrayed as innocent victims. But the leaders turned out to be wrong about how quickly the war would end, the soldiers often suffer for it, and many of the Iraqis are insurgents - in other words, they're fighting for their homeland, just as we would if the shoe was on the other foot. If you read this book, be aware of what you're getting: a balanced view of a war and what it does to people.
I found the realistic depictions of carnage very disturbing. I'm an anti-war libertarian; I know the arguments for and against war. But to actually read about this war that is still going on and think about people being blown to pieces (and sometimes surviving) made it very real. It's never "all good" during war.
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