The man in line at the feed store was buying three tubes of ivermectin, a horse dewormer.
Said he'd seen videos of a Texas doctor saying it cures COVID-19, even in the elderly.
Said he'd take it himself.
He'd already asked for three tubes from behind the counter. Then, just before paying, he changed his mind.
How many you got back there?
Give it all to me, he said.
He bought out the store of ivermectin.
I watched this all unfold, 5 or 6 feet away. Never said a word. At least, not out loud.
But in my mind?
In my mind, I went to war.
The war on terror was our nation's longest war.
According to Brown University's Costs of War research, more than 929,000 people have died from post-9/11 violence.
More than 387,000 civilians have died.