I experienced escalating ridiculousness of the rules of engagement between my two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I can only imagine how asinine they have become at this point. When the inanimate property of foreign individuals is of more importance to our government than the lives of our servicemen, we have a serious corruption of priorities. When calls for artillery from our men are denied due to the possibility of collateral damage to civilian property, we have a problem. Read more…
On September 4th, the Polish Ministry of Defense posthumously awarded Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis the Polish Army Gold Medal. This Polish award recognizes the service of a civilian or foreign soldier. Ollis has also been nominated for the American Silver Star medal.
During a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, Ollis stepped between an unidentified Polish Officer and an insurgent armed with explosives, shielding the officer from the explosion. During interviews, the Polish officer was very emotional and repeatedly praised and thanked Staff Sgt Ollis for saving his life.
Source: Military Times
This article caught my eye earlier this year but I haven’t seen anything more about it since. It captures a rare instant where England’s Prince Harry vents about his father harping on him about acting more like royalty. He explains that he struggles with perceiving himself as royalty while coming to terms with his actions in Afghanistan. This is unscripted honesty from someone who is usually handled and filtered. It also does a good job of humanizing someone I’m used to seeing act like a spoiled yuppie.
Source: The Guardian
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As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
Muhammad’s Protection of Christian Monastery
Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Mount Sinai, Egypt is an Orthodox Christian monastery located in a heavily Muslim area. You would think that this monastery would have some serious security concerns, but that’s not the case. The monastery was granted it’s right to be there by Muhammad himself in the Achtiname of Muhammad. He not only granted the Christians the right to remain there, but ordered all Muslims not to interfere in practicing their Christian customs and to protect the Christians militarily.
This is exceptionally hospitable. Muhammad actually calls the Christians his allies, going as far as granting protection to anyone who converts to Christianity “far and near,” and declaring that this covenant only expires at the end of the world. Seeing how much respect and love Islam’s most revered prophet showed to Christians, it makes you wonder where these radical Muslims get their justification for their violent attacks from.