Cook: War overseas and war in the feed store

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, people in favor of and against a mask mandate for Cobb County schools gather and protest ahead of the school board meeting in Marietta, Ga. Across the country, anti-vaccine and anti-mask demonstrations are taking scary and violent turns, and educators, medical professionals and public figures have been stunned at the level at which they have been vilified for even stating their opinion. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

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?

Three more.

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.

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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.

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