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  •  Afghanistan continues to be the place (13+ / 0-)

    that Empire goes to die.

    The Afghans have run the table: Britain, Russia, America. Soon enough, I suppose China will give it a shot, with the same result.

    Kerry and Karzai can sign whatever they like. We won't be there in 2024.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:45:44 AM PST

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    •  Declare the war is over (9+ / 0-)

      and let's plan the welcome home party.

      For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan in a coffin to Dover, "God bless the cause for which they died."

      by allenjo on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:48:40 AM PST

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      •  A fine, fine song. Phil Ochs (8+ / 0-)

        was a unique and tragic figure. After he committed suicide at the age of 36, Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York entered this tribute into the Congressional Record:

        Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, a young folksinger whose music personified the protest mood of the 1960s took his own life. Phil Ochs—whose original compositions were compelling moral statements against war in Southeast Asia—apparently felt that he had run out of words.

        While his tragic action was undoubtedly motivated by terrible personal despair, his death is a political as well as an artistic tragedy. I believe it is indicative of the despair many of the activists of the 1960s are experiencing as they perceive a government which continues the distortion of national priorities that is exemplified in the military budget we have before us.

        Phil Ochs' poetic pronouncements were part of a larger effort to galvanize his generation into taking action to prevent war, racism, and poverty. He left us a legacy of important songs that continue to be relevant in 1976—even though "the war is over".

        Just one year ago—during this week of the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War—Phil recruited entertainers to appear at the "War is Over" celebration in Central Park, at which I spoke.

        It seems particularly appropriate that this week we should commemorate the contributions of this extraordinary young man.[114]

        "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

        by flitedocnm on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 12:07:00 PM PST

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    •  In the opening episode (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      allenjo, PhilJD, Claudius Bombarnac, corvo

      of season one (series one in Britspeak) of Sherlock, "A Study in Pink," John Watson, M.D. is a former Royal Army doctor who is a veteran of Afghanistan.

       What is sadly ironic is that in the original first Sherlock Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet," Watson is also a veteran of Afghanistan.

      100 years more or less and no one learns anything.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. http://www.kynect.ky.gov/ for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

      by SouthernLeveller on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 03:35:09 PM PST

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