The cultural ritual of ‘honoring’ service members has reached newfound levels of perversion. From football games to political rallies to corporations, all claim to do their part in honoring the service of those unfortunate souls ultimately maimed from their service. Special honors are held for those who die, as we learned during Trumps address to congress just the other night. A booming standing ovation lasting for minutes brought tears to the eyes of the man’s grieving widow with some of the most powerful men and women on this earth. (more…)
There is much buzz about the recent defeats of ISIS. They are pulling back from a city here, lost a battle there, and some important leadership is killed in an air strike. The only truth is to these victories is this: ISIS is a convenient banner for militants to rally toward so we can efficiently kill them, they are not the end-all Middle Eastern evil. The fact remains that the very conditions which generate militant Islam are not being addressed so we will never stop it. (more…)
To a secular westerner, ISIS is a conundrum. Why would fellow westerners leave their comfortable, sheltered life, to meet eventual death in a foreign land? Why would any sane woman ever choose to join a movement known for its brutality toward women, whereas in the western world (comparatively) they are left unmolested?
To those who read this blog, my answer is unsurprising: ideology. (more…)
In response to a lot of posts and messages around the internet of Arab or Israeli solidarity… I have to just say it: there will never be peace between Israel and Palestine. The conflict will be continuous and will never stop until the power dynamic of the region changes. Current events do not bode well for the future of this region.
You have a super powerful Israel and a dirt poor Palestine. (more…)