Vote and think of this mayor and the grown-ups who have just died in Afghanistan

The Editorial Board, USA TODAY

Posted at 6:05 pm ET 5 November 2018 | Updated 9:10 PM ET 5 November 2018


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A week before the murderer Brent Taylor was killed, he was enjoying the elections in Afghanistan and was thinking: Our view

So many of the air ducts that led to Election Day were filled with dark, granular images of opposed candidates and rapacious claims for dystopian contracts if the voters did not act out of fear or hatred.

Suddenly, through the fog of this endless congratulation, the terrible and plain news came that Archbishop Brent Taylor was killed in Afghanistan. For a fleeting moment, the nation once again recalled the purity of the military service and the non-wrinkled sacrifice – for our best angels.

Taylor, 39, was a seven-year-old husband and father, mayor of North Ogden City of Utah, and an officer with the Utah National Guard, serving in the fourth war mission.

Some Americans may not have realized that US troops continue to hurt the road after 17 years of war in Afghanistan. The number developed has fallen from over 100,000 in 2011 to around 14,000 this year.

Taylor has been there since January. When he left to go abroad, hundreds of residents were aligned in the streets of North Ogden to bid farewell and the police escorted him to the city. "There is a need for my experience and capabilities to serve in our nation's long war," Taylor writes on Facebook.

Taylor had joined the army after 9/11 with him and his five brothers, and served two tours to Iraq and a previous spread to Afghanistan. In his fourth and final practice, Kabul was commissioned as a trainer of new Afghan commandans.

On Saturday, one of the inspectors, Taylor, was an educator – the kind of insulting information that claimed other American lives in Afghanistan – shot dead Utah's assailant and injured another member of the US service before he was killed.

The attack opens all of the prolonged questions about America's participation in Afghanistan, including the credibility of our allies in Afghanistan and the demands of multiple deployments.

At the moment, however, it is time to lament and pay tribute. The commander of the Utah National Guard, Gen. George Jeff Burton, said that Taylor "described the soldier as a citizen who … felt this call to wear an outfit and serve wherever the nation had to go."

A week before he was murdered, Taylor had celebrated millions of Afghans fighting for threats during the polls in the October parliamentary elections. "Many Americans, NATO allies and Afghan troops lost their lives to make moments like this," he wrote.

It was a simple calculus: the service without fanfare or the promise of enrichment, simply acting from a sense of duty and a belief in the right one.

In his last post on Facebook, Taylor urged the Americans to do their job: "I hope everyone back home exerts their precious right to vote, and either the Republicans or Democrats win, we all remember that we have a lot more Americans who unites us separates … God bless America. "

How best to honor Taylor's unselfish heritage? Follow his advice and consider his inspired message.

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