The Warrior Scholar

This is a blog about current events - a way to provide a constructive outlet for some of the thoughts I have on the issues of the day. It's also a way to generate some discussion and to get my ideas out into the world. Enjoy!

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I'm a doctoral candidate in Virginia, with a love of history and politics. My dog is a great companion, and my family always keeps me in good spirits.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Notes from Vietnam and Iraq

Here's an interesting Flash presentation from a Vietnam Vets group. It is touching to recognize the 2.6 million American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that served their country - many called into service by draft. I think they also may have an opinion on the current issues of the day...

Here's also the ultimate Kerry re-election ad. Make sure your audio is up!

Latest from Iraq...Babies found in Iraqi mass grave. The BBC piece has a couple of very poigient parts to it....

"US-led investigators have located nine trenches in Hatra containing hundreds of bodies believed to be Kurds killed during the repression of the 1980s. The skeletons of unborn babies and toddlers clutching toys are being unearthed, the investigators said. The victims are believed to be Kurds killed in 1987-88, their bodies bulldozed into the graves after being summarily shot dead. One trench contains only women and children while another contains only men. The body of one woman was found still clutching a baby. The infant had been shot in the back of the head and the woman in the face. " Obviously vicious enemies of Saddam's state.

And to Europe's credit: "Mr Kehoe (an investigator working with the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST)) said that work to uncover graves around Iraq, where about 300,000 people are thought to have been killed during Saddam Hussein's regime, was slow as experienced European investigators were not taking part. The Europeans, he said, were staying away as the evidence might be used eventually to put Saddam Hussein to death. " That's the BBC's words - not mine. So much for developing a "rule-based society based on human rights."

No weapons of mass destruction? Saddam killed five times as many of his own people as died in Hiroshima. Saddam WAS a weapon of mass destruction. Maybe if the "peace" protesters looked at Saddam's Iraq, and compared it to Stalin's Soviet Union or Hitler's Germany, they might find some compassion in their hearts to actually assist in fulfilling the Iraqi people's dream of freedom and the dignity of human life. Or...maybe freedom is just for people that live in good places, and not beyond the border where the thin red line of sentinels protect the willfully blind against evil...

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