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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Perspective...

Do not call any work menial until you have watched a proud person do it.
~~~~~Robert Brault

  Isn't it funny how we can focus on an issue to the point of not seeing the forest for the trees? Take the current war in Afghanistan. We've been there almost 12 years and yet how many times have you read or have seen Afghanistan from the Afghans point of view? Not many times, I'd wager.

This morning I read the following story featured by The Guardian. Written by photographer Giles Duley who had survived an landmine blast while capturing the effects of the war on the citizens of Afghanistan...

 Giles Duley: 'I lost three limbs in Afghanistan, but had to go back … '
 Photographer Giles Duley was nearly killed after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan. Back home, fighting for his life in hospital, he made himself a promise: to return to Kabul to complete his mission of documenting the savage toll that war takes on civilians. This is his story.

Alongside the article written, you will find a audio slideshow of some of his photographs that he had taken while in pursuit of his perspective.  If nothing else, you would do well to view the slideshow here


Within Mr. Duleys' story was a link to a TED presentation by Alberto Cairo.  The video talk lasts a full 19min. long.  19 minutes that will reshape your thinking on how one man changed the world around him..  I hope that you will watch it and reflect on his words.





There are many men and women who have given much of their lives (over 2000 Americans have given their all) to make a difference in the lives of the Afghans. These are but a few that are worthy of our time to listen and gain perspective from.

Perhaps it's possible that we will see more of Giles Duley work from Afghanistan.



And so it goes......

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Edification Continues...

Here is the world.  Beautiful and terrible things will happen.  Don't be afraid.
~~~~~Frederick Buechner



 
Whew....

It's been much too long since I've attempted to blog.  Life happens, ya know?  Doesn't mean that I've not been observing what's going on out there.  With all that has transpired in the last few months, it seems best that I keep my opinions and thinking out loud to myself...mostly.

Regardless of the things that have been occupying the minds of many of us here at home, the War on Terror is ongoing.  A while back, I came across a blogger who works in Afghanistan and questions the misconceptions or misrepresentations of the Afghans that some seem to prefer to portray. You can find him here.

Through his latest blog post, he links to a movie that is up for an Oscar as he knows the young man featured in the nominated film.  The movie "Buzkashi Boys" follows the lives of a couple of  young Afghan boys and their dreams of being something other than what is expected of them.  I think everyone could relate to that, right?  It also allows me a brief glimpse into the lives of Afghans, which is something that I'm still in search of.

Oh, speaking of that search.  During the Christmas shopping season that just passed, I came upon a cheap DVD while at my local Best Buy.  The movie 9th Company follows a group of young Russian men who are sent to Afghanistan.  Yes, Russian.  They fought in Afghanistan long before we arrived.  Were they after the same thing as what started our war?  Probably not. Still, I think after watching this one, I had to realize that they aren't so different than we are.  We all pay the price for our countries political posturing.  Some are still paying and many others will have paid with their lives.  Sad, that. 

Anyway, I do hope that there are a few people who read this, though if my sitemeter is correct, not so many readers as much as connections to the images I've posted in the past.  Not so surprising is the search for "sexy men in uniform".  Uhm, yeah.


And so it goes......

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another Blog To Add...

There will be a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning.  ~~~~~Louis L'Amour

Always adding to my reading list of the blogs written from "boots on the ground" perspective, I've come across one who will be deploying to Afghanistan soon: The Kabul Cable.  For those who know me, will understand that I have an almost insatiable quest for voices from there.  Yeah, yeah, I know...I get called weird frequently.   I've gotten used to it. 

Regardless, I like to think that I have a better understanding of what's going on there than I used to have.  Heck, if anyone reads anything about what Our Guys are doing over there, you'd have a better understanding than most of John Q Public.

Anywhoo, please add The Kabul Cable to your daily list of reads.  If you're on Twitter, look the author up to follow.  Just search for @TyrellMayfield.  On Facebook, you can like his page via this link

One more request and I'll let you return to your normally scheduled channel...please share this with your friends and family.  Don't be shy about asking questions.  I've heard it said that the only dumb question is the question not asked.


And so it goes......

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Price Was Paid...68 Years Ago.

I recoil with horror at the ferociousness of man. Will nations never devise a more rational umpire of differences than force? Are there no means of coercing injustice more gratifying to our nature than a waste of the blood of thousands and of the labor of millions of our fellow creatures?
~~~~~Thomas Jefferson

Time changes not one thing to what I posted three years ago.  Though, we've lost countless men and women who were there down in the dirt and water day after day, week after week, until they/we won Victory.  Won, not declared, as is currently done by Teh One in power.
I do hope that if you know someone who came home from that war, that you'll do your best to get them to speak of their time of service to preserve American History.  Soon, we will have very few who can speak with truth about our fight with power hungry tyrants.  But then again, we're fighting our own battles today against that.  History does repeat, doesn't it?  Names and places change, but the fight continues...


June 6, 1944



Today marks the 65th 68th anniversary of the invasion onto the beaches of Normandy. It was a day that thousands upon thousands lost their lives in defense of the worlds' freedom against tyranny.

Below are the different beaches that were utilized for the Supreme Allied Forces D-Day plans. "Operation Overlord" as well as "Operation Neptune". All information is linked to the Wikipedia article on the Normandy-Landings.

Gold Beach

Juno Beach

Omaha Beach


Sword Beach

Utah Beach

Pointe Du Hoc


From the site Awesome Stories, there is a wealth of facts detailing the complete history of the Normandy invasion. Near the end of the saga, I read this...

Five years before he died, General Eisenhower (who was a conquering hero at war's end) came back to Colleville-sur-Mer. It was the first, and only, time he made that journey after the war. Looking over Omaha Beach, he spoke from his heart:

. . . these men came here - British and our allies, and Americans - to storm these beaches for one purpose only, not to gain anything for ourselves, not to fulfill any ambitions that America had for conquest, but just to preserve freedom. . . . Many thousands of men have died for such ideals as these. . . but these young boys. . . were cut off in their prime. . . I devoutly hope that we will never again have to see such scenes as these. I think and hope, and pray, that humanity will have learned. . . we must find some way . . . to gain an eternal peace for this world. (Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, by Carlo D'Este, p. 705.)

I've pondered the question what would our world look like now if the Normandy invasion had not been successful? And found this... a 5 year old article from BBC News. "What if D-Day had failed?"

Yes, our world would be so very different had those operations failed. But they didn't... Thanks to the many thousands of men who paid the price to guarantee our freedoms to this day. And Thank God for each and every one of them.


Please visit Blackfive and Mudville Gazette for a more complete understanding of what D-Day was and still is, all commemorated by the Mil-bloggers. Those are the men and women who know what price was paid on this day 65 68 years ago.




And so it goes......

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pic of the Day...

What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind.
~~~~~Cleveland Amory


Lance Cpl. Brent Catherino offers candy to Afghan children during patrol Wednesday in Helmand province’s Kajaki district. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, operate out of Patrol Base Sheheban, a joint position with Afghan National Civil Order Police that provides security for a Helmand River crossing.
James J. Lee / Staff

 
Well, wouldja you look at that?  It appears that not all of Our Guys are out shooting up the locals and partaking of illicit drugs while they are deployed.  Can you imagine the horror and fear that this man caused in the hearts and minds of these two young Afghans? 

Whoda thunk it?!?


And so it goes......

Saturday, April 21, 2012

ISO - Sexy Man in Uniform...

When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone.
~~~~~Robert Brault


Heh, apparently there are quite a few people who are searching for "Sexy man in uniform" or else my sitemeter is lying.  Alright, alright... not that many, but at least 10 searches a day all end up here from when I wrote this.

Honestly, Who doesn't love a man in uniform? 
 


Especially anyone who can pull off a look like Leroy Jethro Gibbs... 

 

When I find a man who has a smile that melts the ice around the old ticker like his does, I'll quit searching.  Just not holding my breath until then.

But...there's more than enough of us who are ISO -Sexy man in uniform.



And so it goes......

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Recognizition and Gratitude...

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your work with excellence.
~~~~~Author Unknown


How cool is this?


KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Six Task Force Poseidon Soldiers were awarded the French Cross of the Military Valor with Bronze Star at Forward Operating Base Nijrab, March 13.

“It was humbling, to see Task Force Lafayette put on that large of a ceremony to recognize six individuals, it was amazing,” said TF Poseidon medical evacuation commander Maj. Graham Bundy, a native of Holly Springs, N.C. “The expression of gratitude by TF Lafayette and the recognition by the nation of France with such an esteemed award, it was overwhelming.”

More than 100 Soldiers from Task Force Lafayette stood in formation while French Army Brig. Gen. Jean-Pierre Palasset, TF Lafayette commander, presented 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade medical evacuation Soldiers with the award for their heroic actions and support provided to TF Lafayette.

”These men are courageous; these men are heroes,” said Palasset. “That is why France is going to honor them.”
 To read the rest of the story, click here

Well done Guys!! 


And so it goes......