The Need For History

Anthony L. Hamilton

I have been paying really close attention to the things that are going on, not just in the United States, but all over the world recently, and in my eyes, the 1960s are repeating right now.

In the 1960s we were involved in a war we couldn’t win called Vietnam. This war ruined the lives of countless American military personnel, and frankly it was a war that we should have never become involved in.

Fast forward to the present, President Obama has his own Vietnam to deal with, and we are involved some missions that we shouldn’t be involved in.

We are dealing with people who have no conscience, and will do almost anything for the sake of trying to dispel Democracy.

The sad thing is that a lot of these terrorists were actually trained by our military supposedly enabling them to fight other groups in their regions, yet they continue to turn on us, and people seem to have no idea why we have trouble defeating them on the battlefield.

My problem with the whole thing is that those people have been fighting since Biblical times, so how does anyone think they’re going to react when we go on their soil and try to force our way of life on them? I don’t by any means condone what they do, but how does any person feel when someone else tries to force their way of living on them? You will constantly get rebellion.

I am a retired military member, and there are two blatant mistakes being made that are going to make war increasingly difficult to win. The first is the fact that the media has too much access to military operations. Every time a news anchor on location signs on and tells where they are, not only are they telling the American people, but they are also tipping off the enemy. This began towards the end of my career, and at that point, the writing was on the wall.

America has also shifted too much towards relying on technology instead of manpower to try and win wars. In the process, military numbers have shrunk to the point that soon it will be impossible to protect home, and fight war abroad, and as far as using technological warfare, the Chinese have shown they are superior in this area. Should we ever enter a war against them (as I personally believe), not only will we be outnumbered, but most technology comes from China, so they know just how to “run interference” and make sure your weaponry is not functioning properly.

I believe (and this is strictly my opinion) that China is watching and waiting for that time when our enemies get our military forces spread too thin to protect our borders, and they will do what they’re going to do. (Those of us who are Christians, if you read Revelations, it speaks to this happening.)

Back in the 1980s a treaty was signed that was meant to cut down on the nuclear arsenal of Russia, and the United States. Now China has ballistic missile submarines, and Russia is building a new class of that type of submarines, and both have the capability of dropping a nuclear warhead on the United States.

I had a young man on Facebook during a discussion ask how knowing history would help us move forward. To him, I replied that knowing history helps to keep history from repeating itself. So I close with this question: when history is allowed to repeat itself, you have old problems rearing their (sometimes) ugly head, and then you have to solve them. At that point, are you really moving forward?

Nobel Literature Winner Puts Belarus on the Map

Garrett Griffin

Svetlana Alexievich in 2015     Courtesy of Deutsche Welle

Svetlana Alexievich in 2015                                                  Courtesy of Deutsche Welle

 

When one thinks of Belarus, what normally comes to mind? You may get a response such as “It’s that country somewhere by Russia” or even “Bela-what?” Now, though, everyone will know it as the country from which the first woman, Svetlana Alexievich, to win the Nobel Peace Prize in journalism calls home.

Alexievich is well-known for her hard-line writing of events in plain language that conjure gut-wrenching pictures in the minds of her readers. Much of her writing works to cross a divide that exists in literature whereby the story is not told in her own voice but in that of a non-conceited voice of an oral historian. Her goal is communicate basic human feeling and by this method she executes this without implanting unintended biases. The topics of her works all revolve around the histories of Russia and other, formally Soviet, countries.

In her own country she is secretly admired. The authoritarian government, for concern of retaining power and peace, do not want to mention the existence of challenging voices. Alexievich, who is currently 67, published her first book 30 years ago. Despite relative obscurity to the mainstream public since then, she now has global notoriety. The government-controlled news hesitantly made a small mention of the award’s presentation to Alexiaivich and the president of Belarus even congratulated her on her achievement.

The tides of post-soviet history are beginning to go back out to sea, leaving space for modernistic ideas to penetrate the once unsolvable autocratic governments of former Soviet states. With the help of literary activists like Alexievich, the world is becoming a better place every day.

The Century of Women

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Anthony Hamilton

It’s the Century of Women, and we have just the exhibit to pr20150929_131644ove it.

The Century of Women exhibit, on the third floor of the University Center is brought to us as part of the Victory Over Violence exhibit. The exhibit is being sponsored by Soka Gakkai International USA for World Peace. It contains women of all nationalities, and walks of life and celebrates their contributions to humanity.

One of the exhibit hosts, Mary Pegues, said that the exhibit was started by youth within their organization shortly after Columbine. Pegues said, “The actual Victory Over Violence exhibition was displayed at the University of Texas-Arlington two years ago.” The exhibit is a tribute to women who have made significant contributions to the world in ways ranging from Civil Rights, to Journalism, to fighting world hunger.

I found the exhibit interesting, as well as informative. There are women that I am familiar with, along with many that I am learning about for the first time. The two ladies that I am most informed about within the exhibit come from my studies of the Civil Rights movement. Coretta Scott-King, and Rosa Parks definitely made important contributions to humanity during that time.
We are graced with this exhibit at the request of the local Buddhist Organization. Pegues said that they tried to “piggyback the exhibit along with Homecoming, so more people would see it.” Pegues said she hopes everyone who visits the exhibit will leave understanding that women are a major source of power in this world, and they continue to make significant contributions to humanity.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about Victory Over Violence or Soka Gakkai International can contact Mary Pegues at mary.pegues50@gmail.com, or Jason Burg at (580) 280-0050.

Exhibit hosts Mary Mickens and Mary Pegues

Exhibit hosts Mary Mickens and Mary Pegues