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Holocaust voices

We had the opportunity today to cut class short and go to hear some Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences. It lasted two hours, but it went by very quickly. One was an 11-year-old girl in Austria when Kristallnacht occurred. Through the benevolence of strangers, she escaped and spent the war in a refugee home in Sweden. Another was a Greek jew who spent the war in prison camps; he was in one of the death camps when the Americans arrived.

Nothing I could write here could really do the presentation justice. They have both spoken about their experiences many times, primarily as a guard against the people who would claim the Holocaust never happened. I've been to Dachau--I know better.

Something the Austrian woman said was really rather striking, however. Toward the end of the presentation, in answer to an asinine question from an Air Force captain, she made the statement that freedom in the world depends on American soldiers, and that if anyone is going to stand up to evil, it will have to be us.

I really can't recall that I've ever heard anyone say something like that without the slightest hint of irony or exaggeration. She utterly believes this.

I wish I could put that much faith into our leadership.

Sig

The Christian as Citizen

In which Sig seeks (yet does not find) an old book on a topic dear to his heart.

10 Weeks

The site has been up at this location hosted on NearlyFreeSpeech.Net for 10 weeks now.

So far, it has cost me $2.80, plus domain registration.

Sig

Meaningful discussion on the Intarweb

In which Sig ruminates a bit about the many failings of Internet communication and discussion systems, and points to some possible hopes for the future.

They don't get it.

Legislation to bar women from anywhere they might possibly maybe be exposed to combat? Get a grip.

Taps

From Intel Dump, I have just learned that LTC (ret.) David Hackworth has died. ID sums up my own feelings nicely, actually:
[quote]You could always rely on Hack to tell the story from the grunt's perspective, and also to call BS when he smelled it. On occasion, he was a little trigger-happy; I'm not sure all his criticisms hit the mark. But his heart was generally in the right place, and his work as a soldier and a patriot made this country stronger.[/quote]
Hackworth was the author of a particularly compelling piece on Basic Training which I blogged about once several months ago, March of the Porcelain Soldiers.

Read the first linked bit from Intel Dump--it summarizes the good Colonel's accomplishments and links to further info about a fine American who will be missed.

Sig

Mother's Day Note Template

In which Sig demonstrates the proper way to write a last-minute Mother's Day e-mail.

The 1-month mark

In which Sig learns some unpleasant news about his job. Not that he can really tell you about it.

Give him due process, and then execute him.

From this article: (emphasis added)

But even if a military death sentence clears all the appeals, it then must go to the president.

Scott Silliman, a former Air Force lawyer and director of Duke's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, said there appears to be strong pressure for presidents not to approve military executions.

''The president, regardless of his political party, senses that to approve the execution of a member of the military is almost to make a political statement," Silliman said.

''There is more benefit than risk in not approving it."

Absolutely right, it's a political statement. Here, I'll spell it out for you: We as a society have entrusted to our military personnel an extraordinary responsibility, and as such we hold them to the highest accountability for their misdeeds, because too much depends on them for it to be otherwise. If you do the crime for which we determine that you should die, then we'll flip the switch.

What kind of political statement are the "experts" thinking of, here? I don't know a single person in the military--whose thoughts on this guy I have heard--that does not want full accountability for his actions. And right now everybody I know is in the military.

Why is this even an issue?

Sig

Reading

Since my last post, I have read I Will Fear No Evil by Robert Heinlein (sucked) and Wayfarer's Redemption and Enchanter by Sara Douglas (started slow, but quite interesting). I'm about 40 pages into the third book in that series, StarMan.

In all, I've read probably 1700 pages in the last 4 days.

Not much else to report. Today was a really lousy day, more so for my roomie than me, but I don't have time to get into why. Suffice it to say that I am thoroughly unimpressed with my new platoon sergeant.

Sig

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