It's ok that you think in such a short term manner. You aren't responsible
for or in charge of anything significant. It's when our national leaders
think that way that national security is undermined. After listening to
you, I'm convinced we need to seriously overhaul the education system.
Nonsense, there have been news stories about broken-down old reservists
being called up because of some specialized skill they possess. You could
run a wood-working school in Afghanistan, make a contribution to rebuilding
the country, and you don't want the terrorists to win, do you? What are you
waiting for? Surely a little "adventure" doesn't scare a guy like you.
Time for a reality check. On the day we all watched the statue of Saddam
come down, a sixtyish duffer with communications (ham radio and
military), computer, operations management, and some Arabic language
skills (and, yes, some rudimentary woodworking skills, a valid passport,
and an [outdated] TS clearance) started working his way up the Army
chain of command to volunteer (without compensation, and with a
liability waiver) in-theater ombudsman/liaison services to help the
Iraqis get schools and essential services back up and running.
That duffer wasn't keen on sleeping on the ground and bathing in the
river, but believed that a very small number (even just one!) of such
volunteers could make a very big difference in how things would play out
for everyone. The military types agreed, and each opened the lines of
communication to the next link up the chain of command. It only took two
days to get high enough up the chain to be referred to USAID (who had
overallresponsibility for the post-invasion recovery effort)...
...and who have yet to respond (no longer surprising after experiencing
the rejection of volunteer communication services after Katrina) with
even a "Get lost".
It does boggle my mind that not even the capital city has 24/7
electrical power - still.
I find your smug sarcasm inappropriate, but I'm willing to ship at least
an occasional gallon of Titebond to /your/ woodworking school anywhere
If /you/ are teaching woodworking in Gaza, you're invited to e-mail your
shipping address and whatever else I need to know to get it there.
And if you're aware of anyone who might be interested in helping develop
solar-powered irrigation pumps for local production and use anywhere in
that entire region, I'll appreciate if you include their contact
information in your e-mail.
see: http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/Projects/Stirling/Elsewhere /
Not yet on that page, but (hopefully) soon, is "Team Sudan".
That's a good idea, but my sense of "adventure" was killing people and
blowing things up, and I'm not uniquely skilled at that. I have no interest
in teaching Afghanis not to stick their fingers in the saw.
I don't CARE whether the terrorists win. I'm only interested in killing
them! Actually, when the terrorists come out ahead, there's simply more of
them to kill! To the degree that my interests overlap with the perceived
common good, well, that's a plus I suppose. But don't get the two goals
Too, I'm all for leaving a breeding-stock of terrorists so we'll have
something to kill for generations to come. This demonstrates my
Have you seen the movie Charlie Wilson's War? Part of the reason the
Taliban came to power in Afghanistan was America was willing to spend
billions turning Afghanistan into the USSR's Vietnam, but ran out of
interest when it was time to rebuild the country after the Soviets pulled
out. So in comes the Taliban, and they host Al Qaida, and on Sept. 11, 2001
we all discovered what happens when you let a nation like Afghanistan become
a haven for terrorists.
You're a funny guy, you could do a stand-up comedy act. Why not try out
this hilarious routine down at a VA hospital, I bet those guy who left arms
and legs in Iraq and Afghanistan would get a real kick out of it.
When you're willing to explain to the families of the 4,000+ young Americans
who have died in Iraq that statistically their sons and brothers and fathers
died at a below average rate, raise your hand.
Oh, and if you want to give the impression that there is some slight chance
of you knowing what you're talking about then avoiding quoting WND would be
a good idea. Of course if you're one of those people who believes WND's
current headline story that the Obama administration might be preparing to
seize total power overnight, well never mind.
No amount of explaining to the parents of the dead will suffice or assuage
Still, the military dead in Iraq were volunteers and willingly accepted the
risks, much the same as a race-car driver, a mountain climber, or a sky
diver. To them, the slim chance of death or disability was a small risk for
the opportunity to kill people and blow things up.
Eighty-five percent of service personnel who have served in Iraq or
Afghanistan have re-enlisted at the first opportunity. The remaining 15%
retired, were invalided out, or married harridans.
It has been said that whiskey was invented so the Irish would not rule
The man tried to prove it, at least for a while.
In the process, he left quite a legacy that benefits us all.
If you will provide me your mail address via email, I shall send you
high density foam earplugs and an eye mask so that you'll never have to
hear or see anything that conflicts with your dearly held beliefs.
Tim Daneliuk firstname.lastname@example.org
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