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Roger Aeschliman’s guest column in today’s Augusta Chronicle is entitled We won in Korea and Vietnam, and stopped another world war. Another title for this could be How I learned to ignore facts and love war.
#1, to dismiss the genocidal consequences of the wars in Korea and Vietnam on those populations is a major moral failure.
#2, the idea that had the United States not prosecuted those wars, the Soviet Union would have taken over southwest Asia and Europe is hardly a given. To then conclude that the wars in Korea and Vietnam “worked” because Europe and southwest Asia did not become communist is just like the “scientist” Sir Bedevere in Monty Python’s “The Holy Grail” explaining how sheep’s bladders “may be employed to prevent earthquakes.”
#3, the article ignores the tremendous cost in USA casualties and treasure. Even assuming that these wars stopped communism’s expansion, might there have been a better way to do it? For example, might supporting Vietnamese independence from the French been a better way to stop Communism in Vietnam than assuming the mantle of French colonial control?
Today’s Rick McKee cartoon criticizes the Rolling Stone cover with accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Before criticizing Rolling Stone, I hope people actually read the article. Roxane Gay in Slate.com wrote an article about the Rolling Stone piece on Dzhokhar. Note how Djohar Tsarnaev, because he is white, continues to retain his humanity, in contrast to the way some in the USA treat black men such as Trayvon Martin, who are only viewed as a threat.
Even after all he has done, after all we know, Tsarnaev benefits from so much doubt from his friends, his community, and those who seek to understand him and the terrible things he has done.This, it would seem, is yet another example of white privilege—to retain humanity in the face of inhumanity.
After discussing racial profiling in policies such as the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk, Ms. Gay concludes:
Racial profiling is nothing more than a delusion, born of our belief that we can profile danger. We want to believe we can predict who will do the next terrible thing. We want to believe we can keep ourselves safe. It’s good that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on the cover of Rolling Stone, tousled hair and all. We need a reminder that we must stop projecting our fears onto profiles built from stereotypes. We need a reminder that we will never truly know whom we need to fear.
In another column, Cher Best, whom I heard yesterday at a Trayvon Martin panel in Augusta, suggests community groups for people to join to prevent violence among youth.
• Augusta Partnership for Children, 353 Telfair St, Augusta GA 30901; (706) 721-1040
• 100 Black Men of Augusta; Herb O’Conner, president; 211 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite C/C-2, Augusta, GA 30907
• Positive Boys, Positive Men; Coach Neely Lovett; (706) 664-5455
Reverend Larry Fryer’s efforts to reduce youth violence were mentioned in an article in today’s paper.
Sylvia Cooper in her weekly column City Ink criticized the five black commissioners of Augusta for traveling to educational conferences.
I’m happy that Augusta commissioners make an effort to learn about how to govern. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. How much money does it cost Augusta or Columbia County or any local government when it makes decisions which expose it to a lawsuit? How much money does it cost when a lease or service contract is not properly understood or when a pension fund is not invested properly? No, I’d rather spend $5,000 on travel and education if the commissioners learn how to do their work $50,000 better.
There’s an article about local midwives in today’s Metro section.
Deal blames Vogtle’s cost overruns on nuclear critics
Responding to questions from reporters Tuesday, Deal said groups opposed to building two additional reactors at the nuclear-power generating site in Waynesboro have caused it to go nearly $1 billion over its budget so far.
Augusta Commission approves sheriff’s downtown safety plan and selected a new company to manage Augusta Public Transit.