This is completely off-topic of my blog, but I read this yesterday and after some thinking, wanted to post a link here because I think it's as touching as anything I've ever read.
This post is by someone who posted under the name G'Kar. He was a soldier over in Iraq and in the event of his death, left his parting words with one of his co-bloggers. Unfortunately, he died in Iraq on Thursday. His final post is here.
One bit of what he wrote:
As passionate as I am about personal freedom, I don't buy the claims of anarchists that humanity would be just fine without any government at all. There are too many people in the world who believe that they know best how people should live their lives, and many of them are more than willing to use force to impose those beliefs on others. A world without government simply wouldn't last very long; as soon as it was established, strongmen would immediately spring up to establish their fiefdoms. So there is a need for government to protect the people's rights.
Read the rest here -- and have a tissue handy.
Hat tip, Marginal Revolution.