Category Archives: Respect

The Courage of Ukraine

By | February 27, 2022

[February 27, 2022]  The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has not gone well.  The reason is simple: courage on the part of the Ukrainian people.  Ordinary soldiers and citizens are fighting the Russian juggernaut with unexpected tenacity.  This is a genuine David and Goliath story unfolding right before our eyes. A few personal observations: Russia caught the world… Read More »

Combat!  The TV Show of my Youth

By | February 8, 2022

[February 8, 2022]  Growing up, us kids had minimal permission to watch television and were restricted to one 30-minute show per evening.  My brother and I chose the TV show Combat!, starring Vic Morrow and Rick Jason.1  This televised war drama series covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans during World War… Read More »

The Day after Iraqi’s First Election

By | February 7, 2022

[February 7, 2022]  This is what I wrote to my son the day after Iraqi’s first democratic election: “It appears that the Iraqi elections were a complete success by any measure.”  The Iraqis defied the terrorists; women, in particular, voted overwhelmingly.  The elections were more than a move toward democracy but a move toward a civilized, modern society.… Read More »

Know Your Troops

By | February 5, 2022

[February 5, 2022]  We hear, on occasion, of heroic deeds of our military personnel; those who put their lives on the line for their buddies in a display of unbelievable courage.  We need heroes like that, and for reasons of necessity, we do indeed love our heroes.  But, there are also many more stories of ordinary troops who,… Read More »