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Should We Have Dropped the Bomb on Afghanistan?

In the photo above courtesy of wearechange.org, the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) was dropped on Afghanistan, potentially causing World War III. But was it really necessary?
May 10, 2017

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, The United States military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on the terrorist organization, ISIS, in Afghanistan. The 21,000 lbs bomb struck what United States intelligence...

ISIS Puts up Fierce Resistance in Battle for Mosul

ISIS has lost much of its territory over the past few months. Ramadi, Manbij, Tikrit, and Fallujah are four large cities that the group has lost to its enemies since December 2015. Mosul, a city of over 600,000 people, is the last remaining large city in Iraq under ISIS control. Photo from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_DiS-qnKjo.
December 2, 2016

The Iraqi and Kurdish armies’ struggle to reconquer the city of Mosul is making swift progress, but the outnumbered and desperate ISIS forces are employing multiple brutal methods to try and maintain...

Of a Dead Man and his Sea

“Still do I fail to understand who that fool was, just what it was he bled for.  Perhaps the wonder lies in that which our souls will see, but our minds will not.”
May 23, 2016

Let it be known I was there from the beginning of that fool’s dash to the end.  Quite literally I was, for I stood as the first to meet him after thirty years of his imprisonment.  A nation had risen...

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Two Syrian boys, who fled from home with their family, walk back to their tent in a refugee camp
December 10, 2015

In 2011, what began as peaceful protests against the Syrian government morphed into a full-out war.  Other countries jumped in, and soon Syria was entangled in a confused battle against terrorism, rebellion,...

VE Day Commemorations Across the World

Victory in Europe (VE) Day is not a day to mark the end of the entire war, only the fighting in Europe. Later in the year (often around early September), various East Asian countries, as well as the United States, celebrate Victory over Japan (VJ) Day. VJ Day is the only holiday celebrated in both Koreas.
May 13, 2015

Countries from across the world have been hosting parades and elaborate celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. In the United States, period planes...

Brother’s Battle

My brother and I designed and made our own practice swords and said that we would make them real…
May 8, 2015

“That,” an old man said, “Is a very unique design for a sword. Are you going to the Smith’s to have it made?” The young soldier turned to the old man. “No, sir.” he replied, “This...

The True Story Behind American Sniper

The photo above is from Kyle’s novel, ‘American Sniper.’ “Me and Taya, the love of my life and better half,” Kyle wrote. Chris Kyle was more than just a bronco rider from Texas or the deadliest sniper in U.S. history; he was a father, a husband, and a friend.(Photograph courtesy of Heather Hurt/Calluna Photography.)
March 24, 2015

By now, everybody has either seen the new Bradley Cooper movie 'American Sniper' or at least heard bits and pieces of the true story behind the deadliest sniper in American history. Chris Kyle, who completed...

“Unbroken” Review

(Screenshot from YouTube). A young Louis Zamperini sprints through the finish line at the Olympics.
February 13, 2015

Unbroken is an uplifting, family-friendly movie with an enthralling storyline and an even more inspiring message. Unbroken, which hit the theaters on Christmas day, had the potential to add to the holiday...

Israel and Gaza: the Endless Cycle

Masked Hamas militants parade their weapons through the streets of Gaza.
December 15, 2014

Recently, tensions in Israel and Gaza have erupted in an incredible show of violence. It has now escalated into a full ground offensive by Israeli troops into Hamas held Gaza. It all started when three...

Wishing Well

A wives tale, they said. Nothing to take stock into, they said. They were wrong.
May 15, 2014

Hidden in plain sight, they waited; those monstrous beings that destroyed our town. Barely made it out with my life, I did. My friends, my family, my village destroyed.   “Grandpa, what happened...

The Final Battle

“Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.” (Sun Zu, The Art of War).
May 13, 2014

“Sun-Tzu said: The art of war is vital to the State.” He could not have been more right. I have studied the Art of War until I could recite it perfectly. It is the law when it comes to war. It is what...

Hinder

The last hope remaining: a hindrance in society.
May 12, 2014

In the world, shots fired. Not small shots, but deadly Detrimental shots. They Tore entire lives up. These were not gun shots or Military bombs, but They were shots of control. New orders. New...

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