War

Nick Russell on June 10th, 2011

The decision by Goshen College, a Mennonite college in Goshen, Indiana, to not play the National Anthem at school sporting events, has people talking, from Indiana to Arizona. The school has allowed an instrumental version of the song to be played for the last year or so, with no vocals, but now they don’t even […]

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Nick Russell on September 6th, 2010

Despite the August 31 deadline to end combat operations in Iraq, and President Obama’s declaration that the U.S. combat role had ended there, yesterday American troops found themselves in the middle of a gun battle, when insurgents attacked their base in Baghdad. Combat knows no calendar. According to an Associated Press news story, twelve people […]

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Nick Russell on March 2nd, 2010

News reports this week say that Iraq is reinstating some 20,000 officers who were part of Saddam Hussein’s army. Huh? Didn’t we just dismantle that army after first whipping them, throwing their murderous leader out of office, and then hanging him? I don’t get it. Weren’t they part of the evil regime that terrorized the […]

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Nick Russell on December 2nd, 2009

I wasn’t any kind of hero when I was in the Army, and I am not a scholar of military history, but having spent some time in uniform, I just can’t understand this nonsense of putting deadlines on a war. The United States has a timetable which calls for the withdrawal of all combat troops […]

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