This is NOT okay. These were people’s homes. Lives.
“Many will argue that there is nothing remotely spiritual in combat. Consider this. Mystical or religious experiences have four common components: constant awareness of one’s own inevitable death, total focus on the present moment, the valuing of other people’s lives above one’s own, and being part of a larger religious community such as the Sangha, ummah, or church. All four of these exist in combat. The big difference is that the mystic sees heaven and the warrior sees hell. Whether combat is the dark side of the same version, or only something equivalent in intensity, I simply don’t know. I do know that at the age of fifteen I had a mystical experience that scared the hell out of me and both it and combat put me into a different relationship with ordinary life and eternity.
Most of us, including me, would prefer to think of a sacred space as some light-filled wonderous place where we can feel good and find a way to shore up our psyches against death. We don’t want to think that something as ugly and brutal as combat could be involved in any way with the spiritual….
[However] everything is touched by the holy when it is in the presence of death.”
In 1911, the dictatorial rule of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz had fomented a committed rebellion led by Francisco Madero.
Along with generals Pascual Orozco and Pancho Villa, Madero resolved to attack the federal forces stationed in Ciudad Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. They believed a victory there could be the final push needed to topple the Diaz regime. Read more
War is a constantly evolving tragedy of the human race, and when armoured vehicles first took to the battlefield, they changed the face of conflict forever. Nothing lasts forever, though, and over the years, these beasts of war have been condemned to the same fate they sent so many soldiers – the grave. Some are simply abandoned where they were switched off for the last time, some were virtually destroyed and others wait for new life. This article explores 10 impressive tank graveyards and abandoned battle vehicles across the world. Read more
The following is an opinion article written by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the details in the so-called “CIA Torture Report” released by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday morning. With many coming out against “enhanced interrogation techniques” — some would even call it torture — I thought it important to debunk what I really think is just hooey. Read more
Please watch this, pass it on.
Kassig must be recognized not merely as an American hero, but a global one.
The US Army is seeking to reinvent itself in the face of a host of unprecedented challenges. Between tightening budgets, a shrinking military force, and a world of smaller and asymmetrical threats, the Army has released a new global strategy.
The new strategy, encapsulated in the US Army Operating Concept manual “Win in a Complex World,” describes how the Army of the future will shape the world’s security situation through conflict prevention and the ability to conduct expeditionary maneuvers and combined arms operations. Read more
This image from the Vietnam War clearly shows why our troops today are trained to fast rope (zip line) when inserted in a LZ. These ladders seem a little slow going, leaving opportunity for the enemy to engage, and succeed in taking out our guys.( I know firefighters are trained to retreat quickly from a ladder by sliding down the vertical bars, but probably not practical in a war zone.)
Image found on: Sonofastoryteller.tumblr.com
This Nov. 11 marked the last Veterans Day with combat troops deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Thank you for your service.”
It’s a line that today’s veterans have become accustomed to and to which some awkwardly struggle to find a response. Read more
What could be more perfect than H.G. Wells on Halloween Eve! Be safe, be happy, Enjoy!
On Halloween eve in 1938, the power of radio was on full display when a dramatization of the science-fiction novel “The War of the Worlds” scared the daylights out of many of CBS radio’s nighttime listeners.