Russia and Ukraine go to war

Russia has invaded Ukrainian territory–the Crimea, formerly an autonomous region that has been the flashpoint for war for centuries.  The Crimea has a Russian majority and a major Russian naval base at Sevastapol–Russia’s prize warm water port–so the incursion of troops there is not surprising.  But now Russia’s target seems to be  Ukraine proper, and the new pro-Western government is mobilizing its military and claiming that Russia has, in effect, declared war. [Read more...]

“The final episode of the cold war”

Violence is intensifying in the Ukraine, as a truce between pro-Western protesters and the Russian-dominated government fell apart. The protesters are getting weapons and more regions of the country are rising up.

Read George Will on the relationship between nationalism, democracy, and communism and on the significance of what is happening in Ukraine.  He calls it “the final episode of the cold war.” [Read more...]

Revolution in Ukraine

Pro-Russian government forces in the Ukraine have attacked pro-Democracy protesters in Kiev, but they are fighting back with Molotov cocktails and improvised weapons.  Other cities are rising up in support.  Details and a live feed from the Kiev town square, the epicenter of the violence. [Read more...]

At his post 29 years after the war

The Japanese soldier who held out in a Philippine jungle for 29 years after the end of World War II died.  Hiroo Onoda was 91.  Read his story–including why he finally turned himself in– after the jump.

Would you say Lt. Onoda was an example of outrageous stubborness (a vice) or inspirational integrity (a virtue)?  How does this relate to vocation? [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda takes Fallujah

My 2013 prediction started coming true the week after I made it.  This time my 2014 prediction started coming true the day after I made it!  Al-Qaeda has taken Fallujah, the site of the most intense fighting in the Iraq war, and the U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces are faltering. [Read more...]

Wasting our stuff in Afghanistan

A military contact told me this was happening, but now it’s made the papers:  As our troops leave Afghanistan, they are leaving behind some $7 billion worth of equipment.  It’s reportedly cheaper to just leave it than to haul it back to the states.  But to keep the Taliban and other terrorists from getting all that equipment, we are first destroying it, leaving behind towering mountains of scrap metal where our military bases used to be. [Read more...]


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