i was born in 1950, and so I have lived through many wars. As a child of the 1960s, the Vietnam war made a big impression on me. I was too young to understand the Cold War until college, when political science classes opened me to world politics. When Vladimir Putin was first named president of Russia, I joked that the former KGB officer wanted to become the next tsar. How prescient I was. Putin’s small stature, as with many short leaders, has helped him dream of gigantic goals–in his case the reunion of the countries under former Soviet control. i may be underestimating his real motivation. Why not all of Europe? so will there be a world war 3? With Iran as Russia’s protege? So what is Obama’s will? Does Congress regret smashing our military capabilities? As Russia uses lots of boots on the ground and we use drones, the advantage may be with overwhelming soldiers, the grandchildren of Russia’s old army. Do they have the will to die not for their country, but instead for Tsar Putin the First and his corrupt government? I am not ready for another war, but Putin is.
See this story in nytimes.com : http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/09/us/100000002755950.app.html?_r=0
We need to take a long look at our environment. Not just assume that normal things are ethical and moral. Normal may turn out to be horrible!
ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2014)—A crowd of students, faculty members and guests gathered in the lobby of the Schoonover Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, to honor Ohio University alumna, Dr. Pamela Shoemaker, as she received the inaugural Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research.
“I’m astounded to be receiving this award and honored beyond anything I could say,” Shoemaker said at the ceremony. Shoemaker received both her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in journalism in 1972 from Ohio University. She is currently the John Ben Snow Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Shoemaker is the first recipient of the Guido H. Stempel III Award.