January 21, 2008

Required Reading

I don't often link articles from Vanity Fair, not because I don't love them, but because I invariably do. I just think you should buy the magazine and read it in the tub like I do.

But here's a couple of fascinating pieces from the issue that has just left the stands, so I'm going to put them up. Sebastian Junger's piece after spending time with one of the most dangerous units in Afghanistan is required reading for any nation involved in this war. For the sake of all of our soldiers, read it.

If you've ever been intrigued by the story of the Bounty mutiny, or drawn to the secluded world of remote island paradises, this article is required reading. The Pitcairn of lore isn't what it seems. As most of our world and all of its wars seem predicated on one society exacting its rules and mores on another, where would you draw the line?

I have no problem drawing it at the rape of children. I don't care what your customs are.


Blogger DJW said...

I read the Afghanistan article with interest, as I have two friends (one was best man at my wedding, the other would've been if I knew him then)there now, and I've known other's that have served.

What a lot of people don't realize is that this action, war on terrorism, is a war on opium. Terrorism is funded by opium, which is sold across the world as heroin. Wipe out the poppy fields, and keep them gone, you dry up the pipeline of cash to the terrorists.

When I ascend to the throne, I will put every resource into not the dealer, pusher, smuggler, but to wiping it out from the source, the grower.


January 21, 2008 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DJW... well said, you hit the nail right on the head. You have my vote.

January 22, 2008 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love VF; have been a subscriber for years. I also share Lorraine's enthusiasm for reading in the tiled room -- just not while soaking in the tub!

At the risk of being argumentative, one could also "argue" that we have a similar situation with oil produced thousands of kilometres to our right...

Has the "intervention" by Allied forces possibly spawned additional terrorist activity? The "infidels" who have infiltrated Iraq... they did it to liberate a nation, not to ensure that the crop of black gold made life so much better for the folks in countries other than the middle east, specifically the US, right?

Someone here will likely counter with the "fight fire with fire" rhetoric -- fair enough.

Understand...I'm NOT defending the actions of some; merely adding another perspective to the troubled times in which we live.


January 22, 2008 9:23 AM  

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