Hell Hath No Fury: Female Soldiers in Combat Units

Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal | Marine Corps Gazette.

… As a combat-experienced Marine officer, and a female, I am here to tell you that we are not all created equal, and attempting to place females in the infantry will not improve the Marine Corps as the Nation’s force-in-readiness or improve our national security.

Extremely well written, succinct, and thoughtful. I almost completely agree with her, except for the part where I don’t. This calls for a considered response, not midnight stream-of-conscious meandering, so it’ll have to wait until I am in a more appropriate venue and mentality.

Read the whole damn thing, because it NEEDS to be addressed by people who understand the ramifications, and not just the tools with Ph.d’s and soft pink office feet.

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One of The Things We Fight for: Freedom of Speech

Eugene Rant: A joke that was squelched on twitter..

An activist, a Communist, a Muslim, and a bisexual walk into a bar:

The barkeep asks, “What’ll you have, Mr. President?”

I just thought that that since that post, and all it’s many retweets got deleted,  it needed to be preserved.

 

Since when did President Obama attain the same level of fawning indignation as Mohammed?

Unknown Soldiers Remembered

The Unknown Soldiers. is one story after another about the individual service members, and their families, who have given their lives or limbs for a greater cause. The stories are painful to read, as each one brings tears to the eyes and a tidal wave of emotion. It is difficult to justify drowning in sorrow, when the spouses and family members of the fallen and wounded describe their determination to continue on, in the memory of their loved one.

These soldiers, marines, and airmen believed they were a part of something greater than themselves. They fought and died for their buddies, their families, and their country. Most people will never know why or how the military can bring out the desire to be an instrument of change. Politics is meaningless and irrelevant to those who have seen the true faces of oppression and death. Preventing the bad guys from oppressing and killing the innocent and helpless is a noble and just cause. People can call this jingoism or idealistic, but in the end, all things can be reduced to their most basic components. You can fight to protect others or you can talk about it, but if the bad guys are willing to die for their beliefs then words will not prevent anyone from dying, and you can only hide for so long before they come to force their beliefs on you.

I am thankful for their sacrifices, everyday. The broken minds and bodies of our wounded warriors must be given the full care and attention that we give the smallest child. They have thrown themselves in harm’s way, so that we can comfortably squabble over semantics. They will continue to do it, because that is what you do, when you know that someone has to stand up to the bad guys.

OFF TOPIC

Kansas gov. signs measure blocking Islamic law | Fox News.

The new law, taking effect July 1, doesn’t specifically mention Shariah law, which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead, it says courts, administrative agencies or state tribunals can’t base rulings on any foreign law or legal system that would not grant the parties the same rights guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions.

During the Kansas Senate’s debate on the bill earlier this month, Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican described a vote for the measure as a vote for women’s rights, adding, “They stone women to death in countries that have Shariah law.”

Hooper said supporters of such proposals have made it clear they are targeting Islamic law.

Underlying all of this is demonizing Islam and marginalizing American Muslims,” he said.

I’ve made a personal decision regarding Islam. That decision is that I have no problem demonizing a religion that would even consider allowing:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/25/210198.html

Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper.

She was referring to two laws: one that would legalize the marriage of girls starting from the age of 14 and the other that permits a husband to have sex with his dead wife within the six hours following her death.

There are a lot of kooky laws still on the books, that we get to smile and shake our heads over, but when a contemporary parliament actively considers the merits of child marriage and necrophilia, then I seriously have no problem DEMONIZING THIS STUPID ASS RELIGION. There are a lot of religious activities that I find ridiculous, as I am agnostic, and take a dim view on the strict interpretation of any religious doctrine. I could point to many silly-ass traditions within the various Christian sects, but luckily they have no affect on me, because they are not LAWS.

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Rules of Engagement

Afghan Women and Equal Rights

NATO tv video at link (Sorry about that, WordPress won’t let me embed it)

This would not be occurring if not for our forces fighting to destroy the Taliban regime. Women and children could hope for a future that did not include rape, sex trafficking, slavery, and opium trade. We’ve been actively involved in undermining the Taliban since 1994.  Although they first appeared to be a movement that intended to bring order and stability. The CIA (and our government) backed this organization, possibly hoping it would actually be a force for peace. Obviously, they backed the wrong horse.

Afghanland.com

In mid-2000 the Taliban split into 3 separate groups. One group became a sub army of Osama Bin Laden who began to pay the leaders of the Taliban and directly influenced the Taliban movement. This group has a Wahabi belief and is set to bring strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan. This group enforced the strict dress code while Taliban were in power, undermining women’s rights, disallowing music and film. Basically they imported Saudi Arabian culture into Afghanistan in the name of Islam.The Second group of Taliban are paid by Pakistan’s Intelligence agency (ISI). This group is made up Pakistani ISI agents, Pakistani army soldiers and Punjabi and Sindi militants dressed in Afghan clothing set to destroy Afghanistan national identity, it’s art and culture, and infrastructure so Afghanistan can be under the influence of Pakistan. This group is the one who destroyed the Bamian Buddhas, The Afghan TV archives, and cultural sites. This group is the force behind continuing the war between Taliban and US, because the benefactor would be the Pakistani Government via US Aid to Pakistan. Every time there are talks of peace between a mainstream Taliban leader and the Afghan government, The ISI Taliban perform an act of violence against the Afghan and US government to derail these talks. And every time these mainstream Taliban are immediately arrested or assassinated upon their announcements for peace. The August 8th 2011 shooting of the US Helicopter is the work of the Pakistani ISI backed Taliban group. Though the mainstream Taliban are afraid of voicing any opinions in fear that their location will be identified via computer use, GPS cell phones and more. The Pakistani ISI Backed Taliban freely claim any act of violence via tweeter, facebook, text messages deep within Pakistan and they are never identified or targeted.The third group is the actual Taliban (students of Islam) who see Jihad as a pillar of their religion and fight to preserve their faith and fight foreign invaders. They are indifferent to cultural beliefs, music, and dress codes. This group fought hard to keep the Bamian Buddhas from destruction. They are for women’s right to education, and are against the Wahabisim of Afghanistan and prefer the mainstream Cairo Islamic Schools. Judging from the cash flow of these three groups. The Pakistani ISI backed Taliban are indirectly funded by the US funds to Pakistan and in essence, the US is funding their own enemies, the Second strongest group is the Wahabi Taliban funded by the oil rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Third group (Islamic Students) are fighting for a cause rather than money.

So why am I bringing this up? Why am I re-visiting old history?

Because of this:

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Barbarism versus Kindness

AfgAmerican troops hand out school supplies to Afghani schoolgirlshan Children |Bringing Peace to Afghanistan through Education.

Just one, in many examples, of a combined civilian/military effort to provide a little hope and happiness to the victims of a hateful regime. I’ve seen this kind of cooperation countless times, throughout the years and in more than countries than just Afghanistan and Iraq. Quietly, and without fanfare, Americans donating money and supplies that are distributed by American and Allied troops.

Despite this, we are constantly barraged by accusations in the media, and on the Internet: racism, genocide, imperialism, and aggression. I do not want this blog to ever get political, but those who choose to stay uninformed about the good, that our troops are trying to do, are blinded by politics.

Humanitarian aid and good will is a definitive part of the mission of the military. The US and its Allies have always made an effort to shield non-combatants from the violence of war, and assist them in every way possible.

The Mistake of Equating Kindness with Weakness

Air Force Medic Caring for Iraqi Infant

Rough Men (and Women, obviously) will engage in violent actions as necessary. The US military does not own the patent on this type of response. Historically, war and violence have been the ultimate tool for those in power. It was not until representative government came into play, that nations took the initiative to avoid war. It was not until Democracy created the concept of equality, that humanity became an option. Throughout time, survival has undermined the option of kindness. Humanity can only come into play, when prosperity gives it the floor. We are so used to our prosperity that we forget what true barbarism is. Soldiers will respond to barbarians in kind, but because we were born with the prosperity of free will and free thought, we are not defined by the brutal nature of war. We can differentiate between the moment for violence and the moment for humanity.

There are a ton of photos out there, that prove my point, along with twice as many depicting the opposite view. I would never attempt to deny, or hide, the existence of man’s inhumanity; but we already have a venue and means of addressing that behavior, and that is one of the many great things about the US. We ALWAYS try to right the wrongs and lead by example. Rough men stand ready to provide justice, to stand up and take responsibility when no one else will, and care for those who have never known kindness.

The photos are linked directly to the websites, from which they found. There was no attribution available, but I will happily provide that information as soon as I can find it.

UPDATE: Leslie from Hell In A Basket supplied the back-story on the photo above:

Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, superintendent of the 22nd Wing Medical Group at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, holding an injured Iraqi girl. The picture was taken in October 2006, while Chief Gebhardt was deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq. According to the Air Force Print News, the infant girl Chief Gebhardt held in his arms “received extensive gunshot injuries to her head when insurgents attacked her family killing both of her parents and many of her siblings.”


 

      

An Observation On Serving Your Country

There are bad people who do bad things, good people who do bad things, and people who stand by, apathetically watching, as others act. This is axiomatic. Culture, creed, religion, gender, ethnicity, and politics are immaterial when it comes to this truth. It is no different for the military.

For anyone who is serving, or has served, it is obvious that the media is only interested in stories about the aforementioned people. The public wants what it wants, and cares naught for anything not adhering to their agenda, whether personal or institutional. I have found that most know nothing about the many ways in which veterans, and actively serving troops, have made the world a better place to live, whether individually or globally.

During the years that I served in the US Army, I never had my humanity tested. I am so very proud to have served in Desert Storm, and to be able to call myself a veteran. I am proud to be a part of a family legacy, wherein my great-grandfather, my grandfather, my father, and my uncle have all served during times of war. I am the only woman, in my family to have served, but the women in my family have always praised my choice and supported me during my years of service. I also happened to be the proud wife of a retired Army combat veteran. My husband is the inspiration for this project, for it is his stories that I wanted told. I wanted other people to know that, as a soldier, he was a “rough man,” but he is and was also compassionate, selfless, and kind in his actions. His is the character that does not require an audience to do the right thing, nor acknowledgement for defending the weak or helping a stranger.