Thursday, August 5, 2010

Remembrance of Things Past

Here is a sad retelling of a story from 40 years ago -- a time I well remember -- when a surprise invasion of Cambodia triggered student protests all across the US:

A people who cannot remember their own past are condemned to repeat it... Vietnam, marines "restore order" in Beirut, invasion of Grenada, Panama invasion, first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), Somalia (Battle of Mogadishu), bombing of Bosnian Serbs, bombing of Serbia, war in Afghanistan, invasion of Iraq, ...

There is a fairly complete list of US military actions on Wikipedia. It is a rather impressive list for a "peaceful" people and for an army, one branch of which has the motto "Peace is Our Profession".

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