I assure you I don't buy the Israel good/ Palestine/Hamas bad line. Nor do I buy into all things Arab = good, either. I neither lionize nor demonize either side. And I can see where you could have drawn that conclusion from me from my post.
Palestine has suffered tremendously and it's draining of intellectuals and professionals has been devastating to what infrastructure they had and have. And this didn't happen overnight.
I don't condone the killing of innocents - no matter who does it. It is expressly forbidden in the Koran.
History has shown all too well the oldest ethic - the strong do what they will and the weak accept what they must-is as prevalent as ever. It is time to get past that mindset. We'll see.
Well war did not stop in Europe to be sure - nor has it ever completely stopped anywhere - but if you compare the casualties of the Crimean and Franco Prussian wars to even Russia's alone in WWI.
And yes, it is the spirit of the concert as opposed to direct historic parallels. The idea of the Concert did lead to the League of Nations (far from perfect to be sure) which in turn lead to idea of the UN - while certainly still far from perfect, it has attained much good - and what is the alternative?
As for Iran, I like what Ray Takeyh says in his summary for the Washington Post.
In an ideal universe, Iran would not be spinning a single centrifuge. In the here and now, though, Iran has an elaborate nuclear apparatus and is enriching uranium. It is impossible to turn back the clock. Instead of reviving an incentive package rejected long ago by Iran or issuing calls for military retribution that worry no one in the country's hierarchy, the United States and its European allies would be wise to negotiate an arrangement that would meet at least some of their demands. This may just be the last chance we have before Iran crosses the nuclear weapons threshold.
Most importantly we will have someone at the helm
who is willing to negotiate with Iran. Persia has had the benefit of a few thousand years over us in that regard and is looking to be the prominent power in the region. We will see. More often than not in such matters there are bad choices and worse choices.
Back to Col. Lang briefly - he really is one of those responsible for much of the success the Anbar Awakening. It is hard to argue with success. Yet we incessantly hear about the success of the Surge/Petraeus from the self anointed wise ones.
Great post. I always appreciated you - even during the primaries when we supported different candidates. You have a deep appreciation for history and a firm and enviable grasp of foreign affairs. And a fine read.
It wasn't hard for me to support Barack and any initial reluctance soon gave way to enthusiasm and excitement.
And I always respected Samantha Power and I thought her punishment was too severe - I hope she has a voice in this WH.
If you get a chance, please read this. It is the best solution I have read on the subject.
From Pat Lang, I posted this at Wes Clark's, with his permission. (The reason I'm posting this via my thread there is because there are several links
that may be helpful to readers.)
Hmmm, I always thought it was Arafat. Which is why Hamas came to power. While Arafat was the only game in town for the Palestinians - and therefore all they had - his corruption knew no bounds. And was common knowledge, the Palestinians read newspapers too and the math simply did not add up. (Where was the money going?)
Look, I'm not for any other country dictating US policy. Israel or anyone else.
As for Bill Clinton, he is no less than a saint in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
(There may be a small group or Unionists that disagree but their numbers are neglible.)
To me the biggest stain on his presidency was Rwanda. He unfortunately agreed with with Rice and Lake and did not act.
From Asia Times
Bush 'plans Iran air strike by August'
By Muhammad Cohen
NEW YORK - The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.
Two key US senators briefed on the attack planned to go public with their opposition to the move, according to the source, but their projected New York Times op-ed piece has yet to appear.
What an endeavor, thank you. As for my ancestors, both of my grandparents on my father's side resided in PA. When they came to PA from Ireland, I'm not sure. I lost contact with my father's side when he passed. He was career military. I plan on delving deeper, I'm assuming they came over some time after the Potato famine. Again, thanks for sharing. My mother's side is from Japan, my father met her after Korea while stationed in Japan.
Btw - One of my most treasured possesions is an edition of Campfire Chats of the Civil War, 1888, as told by Union veterans. Washington Davis is listed as the author, so I assume he compliled the stories. The illustrations are wonderful.
Thank you for posting that, Shaun.
Moses Ezekiel was a very interesting man. I'm just learning about him.
"I hope you will be an artist, as it seems to me you are cut out for one. But, whatever you do, try to prove to the world that if we did not succeed in our struggle, we are worthy of success, and do earn a reputation in whatever profession you undertake," Robert E. Lee told a young Moses Ezekiel.
Joe Galloway's closing remark to DoD former spokesman (Rumsfeld's mouthpiece) Larry DiRita, in an email exchange. Punctuation left unaltered.
Galloway response to DaRita No. 4:
i like to think that is what i am doing also, and it is a struggle that grows out of my obligation to and love for america's warriors going back 41 years as of last month.
there are many things we all could wish had happened.
i can wish that your boss had surrounded himself with close advisers who had, once at least, held a dying boy in their arms and watched the life run out of his eyes while they lied to him and told him, over and over, "You are going to be all right. Hang on! Help is coming. Don't quit now..."
Such men in place of those who had never known service or combat or the true cost of war, and who pays that price, and had never sent their children off to do that hard and unending duty.
i could wish for so much.
i could wish that in january of this year i had not stood in a garbage-strewn pit, in deep mud, and watched soldiers tear apart the wreckage of a kiowa warrior shot down just minutes before and tenderly remove the barely alive body of WO Kyle Jackson and the lifeless body of his fellow pilot. they died flying overhead cover for a little three-vehicle Stryker patrol with which i was riding at the time.
i could wish that Jackson's widow Betsy had not found, among the possessions of her late husband, a copy of my book, carefully earmarked at a chapter titled Brave Aviators, which Kyle was reading at the time of his death. That she had not enclosed a photo of her husband, herself and a 3 year old baby girl.
those things i received in the mail yesterday and they brought back the tears that i wept standing there in that pit, feeling the same shards in my heart that i felt the first time i looked into the face of a fallen american soldier 41 years ago on a barren hill in Quang Ngai Province in another time, another war.
someone once asked me if i had learned anything from going to war so many times. my reply: yes, i learned how to cry.
I was recently in Norfolk, VA where there are two famous civilwar monuments.
One is the Confederate Monument and the other is honoring African-American soldiers who fought with the Grand Army of the Republic, the African -American Civil War Monument. I wish I had more time, I didn't get to go to the latter. Thank you for a powerful post.
Thank you for your service to our country.
While I never wore the uniform nor had a shot fired at me in anger, the fact that you took an oath to protect and defend the constitution, with your life if need me, is not lost upon what I believe to be the vast majority of Americans.
Please come by Col. Pat Lang's (USA, Ret.) Sic Semper Tyrannis - you will be welcome and where a CIB and a Purple Heart are treasured and rightfully honored.