03 August 2006

Nothing much going on the past few days. I've been frantically trying to keep ahead of the Night Vision issue here, as with increased Force Protection commitments for HHC (translation: Folks pulling guard at night) more jacked up NVGs are being discovered. Now, a certain portion of these 'faults' are due to operator head space and timing. It's funny how turning the ring which adjusts the focus clears up that pesky fuzziness. But others are flunking their checks and require servicing. Two days ago I picked up 7 from the shop at once, which finally puts me ahead of the game, with floaters to spare for now.

On Israel vs. Hezbollah:

http://hashmonean.com/2006/08/02/ground-assault-map-idf-pounding-hezbollah/

On Israel vs. the UN:

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=37278180-a261-421d-84a9-7f94d5fc6d50

There have been some. . . unfortunate statements in recent days by certain Orthodox hierarchs which betray one of my few problems with the Orthodox Church. To wit, a certain level of instutional anti-Semitism among parts of both the clergy and laity.

http://www.antiochian.org/water-of-cana is a case in point.

I don't normally call it that harsh, but when we are at war (we being the United States specifically and the civilized world in general) and one of our allies is slandered by someone who, although in a holy position, is still a falible person prone to emotional and irrational reactions like the rest of us, then I have to respond.

Israel did not bloody the waters of Qana. Qana's air was polluted with rocket exhaust for weeks. Israel tolerated these attacks, and when they became intolerable spent three days dropping leaflets promising to strike the town unless Hezbollah removed their rocket launchers. They fulfilled any reasonable obligation any one could expect.

A far better response is posted here:

http://redbearde.livejournal.com/120180.html

On a more personally relevant note, I sincerely hope that Mr. Talabani is right. It is in everyone's best interests for the Iraqi Security forces to take over primary responsibility and cut American involvement down to MTTs and other advisory positions. That might (maybe) even be enough to get some of the Sunni diehards to come in out of the cold and participate in the political process.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060802/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_talabani_security

2 Comments:

Anonymous cMAD said...

when we are at war (we being the United States specifically and the civilized world in general) and one of our allies is slandered by someone who, although in a holy position, is still a falible person prone to emotional and irrational reactions like the rest of us, then I have to respond.

Where's the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch when you need it, Decurion?

3:25 PM  
Blogger A Soldier's Girl said...

Hey baby,

Do me a favor and respond to your aunt's email about your grandfather's old gear, on your gmail account.

Thanks, baby.

8:09 PM  

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