Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

Will Afghan Massacre Give Rise to Scarlet Letter “A” Stigma?

March 19th, 2012

Published 19 March 2012 in Family Security Matters Only days before Staff Sergeant Robert Bales left his base at Camp Belambay the evening of March 11th, walked to two nearby villages in the rural Panjwai district in southern Afghanistan and allegedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians in their sleep–nine of whom were innocent children–another US Army

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Pakistani democracy headed for life support

December 14th, 2011

Published: Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:36 AM United Press International By JAMES. G. ZUMWALT UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Dec. 13 (UPI) — It has proven to be the deadliest “friendly fire” incident in the 10-year Afghan war. NATO, responding Nov. 26 to a U.S.-Afghan patrol’s request for air support after triggering a border

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Absurdity Rules Some Rules of Engagement

July 18th, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters, July 18, 2011 During World War II, an intriguing issue arose under the laws of land warfare. Did the rules of engagement (ROEs)–the guidelines issued by which nations ensured, in combat, their soldiers complied with international law–permit targeting of an enemy combatant parachuting from an airplane as he helplessly floated to

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“Peace With Honor” Ruse Awaiting Afghanistan?

May 19th, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters, May 18, 2011 Osama bin Laden’s death appears to be ringing in some false hopes. Suggesting the terrorist mastermind’s death will impact on the future of the Afghanistan war, Kabul’s ambassador to the US, Ekill Hakimi, said it created “the hope for leadership of the Taliban to join the reconciliation

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Islam: When Guests Reverse the Roles

April 18th, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters April 18, 2011 Several years ago, police discovered the body of a homeowner in a small, windowless basement bedroom stripped of all but basic furniture. Found huddled under a blanket, he appeared to have died from natural causes. Having no immediate family members, his disappearance went unreported for months. But the circumstances surrounding

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For Want of Pakistani Enlightenment, Afghanistan Will Be Lost

January 18th, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters January 17, 2011 The concept of “causality” involves the inter-relationship of events. One event–i.e., the cause–can trigger a second–i.e., the effect–which can become the triggering event/cause for a third, etc. The proverbial rhyme “For Want of a Nail” underscores this theme:   For want of a nail to shoe a

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Let Somalia lesson factor in war strategy

January 3rd, 2011

Published in Stars and Stripes January 3, 2011 Recently, a political decision was rendered on whether to grant a military request for an important weapon in fighting the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. A similar request — rejected by the White House during another conflict — had devastating consequences. On Oct. 3-4, 1993, a raid to capture

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The Omen

August 15th, 2009

Whether an omen portends an ominous or promising future event lies in the eyes of the beholder.  Three years ago, as the US appeared forever bogged down in the Iraq war, such an omen occurred.  For the US, it ultimately boded a more promising future; for al-Qaeda, an ominous one.  Last week, a similar omen

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No ‘kinder, gentler’ way

July 29th, 2009

Published in The Washington Times Wednesday, July 29, 2009 In 1989, President George H.W. Bush vowed to apply traditional American values to make the United States “a kinder and gentler nation” — using our strength as “a force for good.” Twenty years later, that strength has been weakened by a faltering economy and the challenges

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