The Undiscovered Country
Imagine you're embarking on a journey to an undiscovered country whose history and customs, its heroes and geography, its language and way of life are totally foreign to you.
Your carry permit is your passport, your contract with its 'government,' which expects you to be aware of all these things and will hold you fully accountable for them -even to the cost of your life.
I was young, and impressionable. Raised by those of a generation whose patriotism and self-identity as Americans was unquestioned, honed to a fine point by those family members who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, there was no question in my mind. The fact that my draft lottery number was so high that I would never be drafted mattered little. I enlisted.
The Geneva Convention
Donald Rumsfeld defies belief. Here he comes, right on cue, after American prisoners are shown on Iraqi television, to scream that the Geneva Convention has been violated.
Would that be the same Geneva Convention that the U.S. has given the finger to so dramatically in the last year and a half, with the same Donald Rumsfeld leading the way?
Federal Register Watch
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Doing What We Can't Help Doing
Wars, like the political eruptions of teenagers, groan under the weight of moral justification: We are fighting to protect ourselves, protect democracy, establish democracy, end atrocities, avenge former mistreatment, dissuade dictators. We have to save something from something or for something. If we don't fight, this boogie or that boogie will take over the world.
Truth and Lies on the War in Iraq
How did an obscure Russian aviation web site's Alexa ranking shoot from 95,865 over the last 3 months to 7,831 on March 23rd and 3,623 on March 24th? Perhaps because it is one of the few places on the net, or in any media, to find informed, timely, objective information on the situation in Iraq. The name of the site is Venik's Aviation - Aerospace News and Technical Information, which is an...
Some thoughts about the war:
* Beware of the Shiites. The troubles of the occupation will start after the fighting is over. Here is a personal story and its lessons:
Wolfgang P. May
After completing my service in Vietnam, where I was an advisor to a Montagnard company north of Kontum, and later an ARVN battalion in Trung Lap, at the edge of the "Iron Triangle", I was unable to join the Army Reserve or the National Guard, which were filled by those who were apparently eager to avoid combat. Some of these gentlemen now occupy important government positions and are outspoken...
Billions, Not Bombs
The government of the United States has given a wide assortment of weak justifications for the current war in Iraq. Besides the ever popular 'Saddam's got weapons of mass destruction and a will to use 'em,' we've also heard 'Saddam's a war criminal' and 'Saddam is a brutal despot guilty of ethnic cleansing' as well as 'We're only enforcing UN resolution 1441 ourselves because France won't do it...
"The Time for Debates Has Ended"
I was watching CNN Wednesday night, on the eve of the start of shooting in Bush's war of aggression, and one of the innumerable talking head commentators was on. "Many conflicting opinions about war have been expressed in the past months. Now the time for debate has ended," he intoned, "as all of us rally behind our president and our troops." He spoke this line as if it were Received Wisdom,...