War

The Disaster of the American Response to 9/11

Ten years ago, in the wake of the destruction of 9/11, my friend Mark Anderson of Strategic News Service (SNS) asked his subscribers to offer their suggestions for an intelligent response to the challenge of global terrorism.  At the time, Americans were frightened and sad about the tragedy of 9/11, and the US government was moving rapidly toward the only reponse George Bush and many others could imagine: an armed invasion of Afghanistan with the intention of rooting out and obliterating Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. 

A Phenomenal Epic Saga and Guide to Fundamentalism in America

In “The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family”, Andrew Himes introduce us to his Fundamentalist ancestors, the Rice family. He takes us through their lives as displaced Scot-Irish men and women who fled to America seeking freedom and refuge from religious persecution, famine and war. We follow them through the blood and battle of the Revolutionary War, to their rise to peace and prosperity, as wealthy southern plantation and slave owners.

News on a March Full Moon - Poetry by David Plumb

I'm taking a little detour from my typical post tonight in order to publish this moving poem by a talented and eloquent writer. David Plumb's work is shaped by his own experience as a naval officer during the Vietnam War and by his profound empathy for those whose names are "whispered in the stars. Jessica, Daniel, Jeffrey, Patrick" -- names that "echo in blood, in guns, in storms."

Thank you, David, for reminding us who they are, and who we are as well.

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Cameron Penny's poem

If you are lucky in this life,
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies.
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don’t see their enemies.
They see themselves as children.
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep. When they wake up, the land is well again.

Cameron Penny's If You Are Lucky in This Life was originally published in the November/December 2001 issue of North American Review. Marie Howe reads his poem in the film Voices in Wartime.