A newly published World War I diary is considered to be one of the most accurate depictions of the horrors of war. Ernst Jünger, the German diarist, served for 3 years in the trenches on the Western Front. He was wounded 7 times. That he survived the combat theaters he was in at all was a 1 in 20,000 chance.
I believe there were two factors which contributed to the diarist’s lack of PTSD. One was the firm belief that what he was doing was right, noble and good. (While the Nazis revered him and tried to exploit his deeds, he himself refused to associate with them.) The other was that he kept a diary, which allowed him to mentally work through any issues as they happened or shortly thereafter.
Right now, 1362 activist marchers are attempting to get into Gaza from Egypt with humanitarian aid (food and medical supplies) and toys for children.
The Egyptian government has closed the border and will not allow anyone through. CodePink is one of the organizations supporting the march, and has requested that people who want to show support call the Egyptian Embassies both in Cairo and/or Washington DC. Desiree is there with beanie babies for the children. Desiree and Liz got back to me 24 hours ago and said no, they are still not in.
NYCCAN’s March for Answers yesterday was to raise public awareness to the fact that despite 80,000 validated NYC resident signatures on their petition to put a vote for a new 9/11 investigation on November’s ballot, the City is moving to quash this effort. On Friday, Referee Louis Crespo issued his “report and recommendations” and recommended that the Court rule in favor of the City, which does not want to include this request on the ballot.
The march, organized in Battery Park, first came to Ground Zero to observe a moment of silence.
Coca Cola’s adroit, questionable practices during the Second World War are legendary. The company managed to play both sides of the European front against each other with breathtaking chutzpah, opportunism, and outright greed.
While I was serving at Ramstein during Desert Storm, “Overseas!” magazine came out with an article with that incredibly cheesy title. It featured a tough looking gal in chocolate chip cami’s with a firm set to her jaw and a pair of the ubiquitous 1980’s ZZ Top “cheap sunglasses” that were being offered for sale in every AAFES store, BX, PX, and commissary. I believe she was either standing there holding a weapon or standing behind a gun emplacement. The very idea that this woman would be in combat was laughable at the time, women were having enough problems being allowed to fly C130 cargo missions for USAFE’s arm of the Desert Storm operation, Proven Force.
Today I attended the press conference that NYCCAN (NYC Coalition for Accountability
Now) held on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan. Press were there
from 1010 WINS, WOR, NY1 and WFUV. I don’t know if what we had to say
will make it past the phlanx of mainstream media editors, but we’ll