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14 Comments:

Blogger littlewhy said...

Hello Eric,
Thanks for visiting my blog. I did read the Fighting Faith article before and I did agree with it completely. None of my lefty-loosey friends will see that an absolute anti-war stance is just as morally ambiguous as a pro-war stance. Please go down to the EPA; I got a notice that all liberal hawks are required to register with the Endangered Species Act.

littlewhy

12/29/2004 2:47 AM  
Blogger Noh Dancer said...

A blogging technophope. What is happening to the world? Are you for real? :)

7/22/2005 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric- Seems like you're still very much a soldier (this is not a negative). Thanks for your insite on things, possibly could you write about the transition back to civilian/student life. Thanks LM

11/18/2005 10:27 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

LM:

Transition from soldier to civilian? Yeah, I could do that.

FYI, I'm a member of a student group (U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University) full of people doing a soldier to civilian/student transition. Feel free to visit our website and contact folks.

11/19/2005 4:55 PM  
Blogger zan said...

this comment is regarding the comment you had posted on fayrouz's blog. i am going to be as brief as i can:

1-your comparison of white americans and shiite iraqis is erroneuous, i am afraid. being white is a genetic/racial trait; but being shiite is a religious trait. cannot compare the two!

2-balance in the present or the future? not really because the kurds will not side with the seculars and sunnis to counter-balance the shiites. dont forget the kurds do not like the idea of iraq and they side religious shiites in the sense that they both would like to seperate so the kurds form "southern kurdistan" and then the southerners would become an iranian commonwealth. there's only one way for balance: having the kurds show some mercy and less greed by having the U.S give the kurds some spanking and a bit of ear twisting.

3-the problem in iraq is not shiia domination. you misunderstood fay's views! in fact, most seculars, sunnis and christians voted for alawi, a shiite. the problem in iraq is iranian style shiite religious dominance! not shiite dominance. if you wanna compare the iraqi situation to the U.S, dont use the white majority comparison. a better comparison would be a new U.S congress in which 75% of the members are southern baptists!!! can you imagine such disaster!?? this is the problem in Iraq. and we have the neocons' arrogance and elitism to thank for it.

12/24/2005 7:27 PM  
Blogger zan said...

oh ..and this is for littlewhy!...listen buddy, absolute anti-warism is moraly ambiguous. i agree. but please please stop spreading the outragious idea that all leftists are absolute anti-warists or passifists. most leftists are anti-meaningless-warists! ...this is not the first time that right wingers shoot cheap and bizarre accusations at liberals. for your information, YES, there are still american liberals on this planet...and YES, many of them are males....and YES, there are liberal males who dont drive SUVs who are proud of being American. now go and bang your head against the wall! or against your SUV for that matter

12/24/2005 7:41 PM  
Blogger zan said...

hey Eric, congrats on getting into Columbia U. ....it will turn you into an influencial person in this society. i whole-heartedly hope that you're not one of the hawks though. we have enough hawks in this country. question...what do you intend to major in? also, are there soldiers who are not hawkish? if there are, what do you think there percentage is? just an aproximation....

take care

12/24/2005 7:47 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hey zan,

"also, are there soldiers who are not hawkish? if there are, what do you think there percentage is?"

I'm not sure what "hawkish" means. Before I was a soldier, I knew what it meant. After being a soldier, 'dove' and 'hawk' seem like grossly inadequate labels for how soldiers view their profession.

Hm. As a generalization, on one hand, soldiers feel about War the most keenly because soldiers are the people who actually leave home to 'do' war. On the other hand, the idea of War is less daunting to soldiers because it's less of an alien abstract due to their 1st hand perspective.

I would say most soldiers don't seek war or enjoy deploying away from home, even in peaceful missions, but team, duty and selfless service are cornerstones of the job. Soldiers do support success of the mission, because the success or failure is theirs. In that sense, they are as 'hawkish' about peace-keeping in the Balkans or tsunami relief in SE Asia as they are about the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. A good number of soldiers have a profound sense of 'greater good' idealism about their purpose, not unlike that found in other service-oriented professions like teachers, police, doctors, priests, etc.. Many soldiers want to help people and make a positive difference in the world, and they feel they can do that in the Army as part of something greater than they are as individuals.

It's hard to generalize since soldiers are diverse as individuals and their perspectives aren't coming from the same place as most non-military folks.

12/26/2005 5:38 PM  
Blogger Mopy said...

supporting the troops!

regards,

SIGH!

1/10/2006 12:15 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

on the "next blog" circuit, found yours more interesting than the stock sales and google search engines.

Have a nice day!
Tess

10/25/2006 2:03 AM  
Blogger Chap said...

Whatever happened to that Watada's-dad-at-Veteran's-Day thing?

12/29/2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Chap,

A lot of people were pissed off that Ehren Watada's people were invited to Columbia and shill for money on Veterans Day. Another day would have been more appropriate for the event, and at minimum, AAA leaders should have consulted with MilVets.

In the end, I don't think any actions were made in protest. It was just a case of gross insensitivity and lack of collegiality by the AAA.

12/29/2006 4:49 PM  
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..
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ignore the threat of Jihad
just keep sleeping like sheep
..

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