Well it has been awhile since my last posting. I got good news about my Masters program. The school took 15 hours of my previous course work. So now I have only four more courses to do. I am currently taking three classes now. So I should be done within a year.
If you take a look at my user information, you’ll see that I am in the Army. I returned from overseas in the summer, so I am not in the desert. If I were still overseas, I would be deployed. Some of you might think that I am lucky.
I watch the news and hear of the ‘anti-war’ protesters. Since I appreciate peace and justice from my Catholic upbringing, I understand the nature of the protest. On the face of it, it appears that we are the ‘oppressors’ of a weak nation; ruthlessly attacking Iraq. I question my nation motives just as much as the next person. The ultimate question I have for myself and for anyone is as follows:
“What is our duty and obligation to rescue the poor and oppressed in nations such as Iraq?”
It’s a given that he brutalizes his own people. At least I think it is. I don’t think there is proof that he is not torturing, maiming, and raping his men, women and children. The people who have escaped Iraq say it is so.
I know in America if anyone of us had a neighbor doing that, the police would be knocking on their door. Saving the children against abuse is required by our laws. In fact, knowing of an abusive situation and not reporting it is a crime in itself for certain ‘mandatory’ sources (doctors, teachers, etc).
Did we give the UN enough time? Even if we had given the UN more time, would they have acted? I don’t think so. France, Germany, Russia, and China have a reason to oppose the war. Once the operation in Iraq is complete, I do believe we will find that they have been supporting him more than they should have.
Even when we choose the lesser of two evils, we are still choosing evil. But what happens if the lesser evil chooses us? Imagine another attack on America. This time on the West Coast, in California, in San Francisco. What will we do? The nation has changed. The nation is changing. We are in a state of flux, a state of change, so monumental. It is confusing.
I think the folks protesting the war should continue to protest and I hope they do it in as ‘just’ a manner as our military deals with Iraq. We are on the side of a cliff, even a razor. If we are not careful, we could easily slide into the abyss.
Several years back I thought the world was on its way to something really cool. Now I am not sure. I feel the fear and the insecurity. I have two children and I hope the world will be a better place for them. But will it be? Will they have to worry about being arrested for saying the wrong thing?
OK, even of my brain farts. I got a paper to write.