- For the Love of Pigs
The commander of Kurdish forces in Syria, Mazlum Kobane, told me the Kurds are facing a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” by Turkey and its radical militias. The Kurds estimate ¼ million people have already left border towns. UN says 160,000. Whatever the number, it’s growing fast.
From Laurence Tribe, Constitutional Law Prof. at Harvard:
Trump’s name will forever be linked with the word “betrayal”:
Betrayal of the our loyal allies the Kurds,
Betrayal of our battle against ISIS,
Betrayal of Ukraine,
Betrayal of Truth,
Betrayal of his Oath of Office,
Betrayal of the United States of America.
Do you guys want me to stop with the depressing news?
- I dissent.
This is an older article but has a rather interesting suggestion:
- For the Love of Pigs
Elijah Cummings, the "Conscience of Congress"
(really spectacular starting at about 3:00)
During the Rwanda Genocide she was a State Department spokeswoman. Roughly 1/2 a million Rwandan's had been murdered, hacked to death with machetes for the most part - SF were on line literally sleeping on tarmacs with gear waiting for an order that never came to go to stop it. Margaret Tutweiler was being asked by media in a press conference about it and someone asked if she believed Genocide was presently occurring. Her response: Well that depends on what you consider genocide" I was watching that conference on TV and as long as i live will never forget it.
Romeo and Juliet in Kigali
It recalled the genocide in Rwanda. Described an ongoing effort to ensure it never happened again, based on research by a psychologist who was also a Holocaust survivor.
I ran across a horrible description of the rape, stoning and murder of a Kurdish woman. Did not hear it repeated by major news sources so don't know if it was true. The description was gruesome.
I'm going back in a couple days. Just watching, observing some might call it. Is there a UN any longer? No there isn't. Be well everyone, I'll write if I can.
I'm an open book so what the heck... there was a gathering today at my home, errr a meeting. Some might call it an intervention. There was a professional there also. Someone I went to during my active addiction. He was running the show.
I had promised my family a couple trips ago I would not be working for... whoever anymore and in dangerous parts of the world. I had missed a lot during my deployments through my service years and worried many people, apparently. Everyone seemed to want to pin me down for an answer to the simple question why are you going? Damn, I wish rjespicer was there, I could have used that answer!
So my answers: the money they are paying is ridiculous and it's safe, I'm not going into combat, I'm not a mercenary, it's really only some security here and there, some observing, some teaching. So the "group" seemed to have a counter for everyone of my answers with one of theirs - "you don't need the money, you have job/business, your wife has a job" etc. Me again: But it's ridiculous type money. Them again with answer: For ridiculous work!
Sons of a gun, that one came from Bernadette Arnold appearing by skype.
So all kidding aside, when I noticed my gentle giant son who's never done a wrong thing in his life, who would defend me through thick and thin crying, I knew something was terribly wrong. I took a walk with him and he explained in the way only he can to me, what was wrong. I had to listen, and listen with my heart and head. He was right and I lead myself to the conclusion I'm being selfish.
I'm like I said above, an old fighter craving one more minute of glory somehow. I wish it was all altruistic rjespicer and I think there is maybe a small percent of what you said but there is a lot of selfishness. Knowing how to do it and being too old to do it are part of the worry.
I'm in really good shape but I once told EP a story, that of course she remembered and recounted about how the Taliban in Afghanistan, when we were young and soldiers even, climbed/ran up a mountain after us in about 1/2 the time it took us to race up it - we were shocked how fast they were. They were goat herders, so of course they could. EPigs recounted how I also always say no matter how good you are........
Bernadette Arnold yet again who always has that damn phone out - with about 3-4 old recordings of me saying out loud - If you keep going into combat zones, sooner or later your head and a bullet are going to be in the same place at the same time.
I can't put my family through the worry anymore that I've been ignoring. I've given a little of what went on but there was a lot more. I really felt low, and still do. The things that were said were pretty ugly and none of them were said with anger or to be mean. They were all true too, that's what hurts so much.
Two mentions in one post, careful I might actually start to think I talk sense some of the time.
Having been on their side of a similar situation, as you know, I can see their point and have to empathize. When you are out there you know you are OK all of the time, they dont, and that means every time the phone rings there is always the worry that it is "That Call"
It's a tough decision but II think from what you have said, deep down, you know it is the right decision you just had to hear it from them.
I dont know if you got my DM but it sounds like it is time to let some someone else watch the shoreline. Your comments about heads and bullets maybe true, or they may not, but do you really want to put it to a practical test? Its a similar philosophy to that rhyme I mentioned before about old soldiers and bold soldiers.
I am sure there are other, safer, ways you can put your skills and experience to use and still make a difference.
As a wise pilgrim once told me you will never fix the fighting out there, it is tribal. We screwed things up when we decided to draw artificial borders on a map and thereby forced once nomadic tribes to stay in one place creating a powder keg.
It will be a tough adjustment but it's just another task for you to Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome
They say that the something as insignificant as the flapping of a butterflies wings can cause great change, based on what little I know of what you have been involved with I think you amount to a butterfly tornado. You have undoubtedly saved and changed lives.
Your family are lucky to have you and want to keep you and vice versa. Time to make time for them, and yourself.
That said when my Uncle made a similar choice I dont think it took too long before my Aunt started wondering if there was some other way to get him out of the house so she could get some peace and quiet;)
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As soon as I read your second sentence I thought, I bet your family is relieved. I certainly would be.
As an aside "We screwed things up when we decided to draw artificial borders on a map and thereby forced once nomadic tribes to stay in one place creating a powder keg." Yes indeed. Many years ago my dad said, if we have another world war it will start in the Middle East. That was in the 1970's & I don't know if it is still true, but it's still a powder keg. It's almost like tectonic plates.