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Who Is Behind The Middle East Protests?

I would love to know who is behind all the upheaval in the Middle East.  I’d like to think it’s just Facebook “friends” of similar opinions talking to each other and plotting things.  But, somehow, I don’t buy that.  These coordinated protests are well organized and sophisticated, don’t you think?  I’d like to point my finger at the CIA but I think they’re far less clever than people give them credit for.  I mean, if they were smart they would have launched a covert attack on Afghanistan instead of bombing the crap out of the countryside, killing thousands of innocents along the way.  They just wanted one man, right?  Besides, I don’t think they could organize the insurgency of all the Middle East oil producing countries, all at the same time.

Naw, it’s got to be bigger and deeper.

There is talk of the protests being over lack of jobs.  How can that be when tens of thousands of foreigners are working the oil fields in Libya alone?  Obviously, they needed a lot more workers than were available in Libya.

If you have any ideas, I’d like to hear from you.

March 3rd, 2011 Posted by | Middle East | no comments

The Returning US Veteran

A number of recent reports shed further light on the growing social and public health crisis among US veterans. After serving tours in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of troops are returning wounded and psychologically traumatized from the experience. With their needs frequently ill met by the military medical system and confronted with a collapsing economy, data suggest the most disturbed are committing suicide and violent crimes, and suffering homelessness, addiction, and mental illness in record numbers.

On January 13, the New York Times published the first part in a series of examinations into killings committed in the United States by returned veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Under the title “War Torn,” the series examines 121 cases in which Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had committed or were charged with killings, most of them murder, and many linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and consequent substance abuse and domestic distress.

Three-quarters of the veterans involved in the killings compiled by the Times were still in the military at the time of the deaths. Nearly a third of the victims were girlfriends or family members, including several shaken babies and young children who were beaten to death. A quarter of the victims were other military personnel. Read more…

April 9th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions | no comments