To generalize about war is like generalizing about peace. Almost everything is true. Almost nothing is true.
—Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Rich jade mountains unrolled beneath our flight path. In my periphery, the mountaintops emerged out of the mist, the scooped terrain like high-backed horse saddles. I took my eyes off the instrument panel to look out the cockpit windows. Our aircraft was descending over twenty thousand feet from the clouds.