Tag: #war

Remember September 11th?

When I was in high school, my history teacher went through the story of December 7, 1941. He didn’t start with the events of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Instead, he started with the Japanese Empire’s expansion into China and other parts of Southeast Asia, leading to a blockade from the United States and other Western nations. That blockade threatened…

“Je suis français” and everything that comes with that

Like so many people out there, I am horrified at the events that transpired on November 13 in Paris. Only people who are completely devoid of any kind of feeling would not feel something. I was listening to the Germany-France soccer game on the radio when the bombs went off and news of the attacks started coming through. It really,…

That moment when you’re “creeped-out” by history

My wife and I went to New Oxford, Pennsylvania, for lunch today when we noticed that there were a number of people walking around in military uniforms. Their uniforms were not contemporary, however. They were uniforms from World War II, and there were some people who looked like they were in costumes from that same era. After lunch, my wife…

Whose Land Is It Anyway?

Found this video last night. It’s very poignant, especially with the current tensions in Israel. We could probably say the same about a lot of places in the world, always getting conquered and re-conquered by different peoples, but Palestine and the conflicts in it affect us all in many ways.

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Then who do you negotiate with?

It has long been an official policy of the United States to not negotiate with terrorists. Like so many other policies, this sounds good on paper and in theory. In the real world, however, things are a little more complicated.

Drugs

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the use and abuse of illegal drugs and what doing so does not only to the person using/abusing but to the people around them and even to people far away. My wife, a friend, and I went to a comedy show the other night, and the comedian said that the reason people take…

What war crimes? What state of war?

It’s been a while since I’ve written about anti-vaccine activists and their doings because, frankly, I could do without the hassle. Whenever I write about them, or say something about them, or confront them online or in person, they get very, very nasty. Sometimes I worry about my safety and that of my family. But, alas, it’s a fight that…

Measles in Pakistan: Politics, People, and Guns

[row][span size=’5′]A lot of bad things have come together in Pakistan to produce an outbreak of measles that is incredible in its scope and size. According to news reports, there have been almost 12,000 cases reported in the Punjab region of Pakistan over the last 5 months. That’s 2,400 cases per month, or about 80 cases per day. It’s just…

War is good for something, right?

I’ve never been to war, but I can imagine that it is awful. The buildings around you destroyed, and all the comforts of life taken away. Your friends, colleagues, and other people around you killed. Dead. Looking at pictures of war-torn areas, I imagine war to be the absolute, most hideous thing we can do as human beings. Casus belli…