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Patriotism runs deep in our numbers. We remember Kent State, but we also remember Madison. We remember our older brothers and the older brothers of friends who came home from Vietnam. Some returned in boxes, the lucky ones just came home although worse for the psychological wear. We saw all the sides of our elder brothers and sisters adventures in the late 60s and early 70s. But I don't think we seriously considered that we might have to send our children to war. We grew up under the gray cloud of the cold war. We naively thought any war we would see would last 30 minutes and destroy all life on the Earth within 30 months of the war. Things rarely turn out to be so black and white.
Now we're all grown up. We're getting ready to enter the phase of of our lives where we will take over most of the powerful positions in our governments, businesses, and lead the world during what may be some of the toughest times since the Great Depression. And for the most part we're going to have to do this without military background or training.
It might be time to bone up on some military concepts. This is not just refresher time for guys either. Women of most generations learn about first hand military experience through their boyfriends and husbands. Late Booming Women didn't. I should mention here that I in no way intend to disparage the brave women who have participated in every war ever fought either in official or unofficial capacity. We've been on the front lines, in the hospitals, comforting the wounded and dying, and of course preparing the bodies of the dead. I'm recommending the following resources to get us all up to speed.
Janes has been the military source book for decades whether you are looking for information on 1940s military destroyers or whether you want to find out what cutting edge technologies you will be hearing lots about in the next few weeks. For the later example, check out an article from Janes entitled Prototype technologies could be useful for strikes" by Nick Cook.
In general if you want to get up to speed on terrorism in the modern world I recommend The Political Terrorism Database. It breaks the topic down into aspects of terrorism as well as by country or world area. This site also has an very good coverage of September 2001 events if you go to the "America's Homeland Attacked section as it references multiple sources with several perspectives on the developing war or campaign against terrorism led by the USA.
If you are in search of almost anything related to the US military whether it be current military information such as what reserves have been activated, or what is being publicly discussed about likely topices, the locations of civil war battlefields, or VA forms, Military.com is your ticket. A vast informational resource.
Want to make sure your views of current events tow the party line, whatever party it may be? Check below. Any way... check out these sites for takes on current affairs from major and minor US political parties. Hold it, isn't that supposed to work the other way around? I mean aren't parties supposed to help consolidate representation ofthe people, by the people and for the people? If you want to let your elected officials know about what your views on specific issues, DO SO! Okay, I admit that clicking on the last link will take you to a feminist site. (Like you couldn't tell my views on this!) but it really is the niftiest "enter your zipcode & get info on how to contact your representatives" form I've found. The pictures of the primary reps really help a lot of people, too.
The National Political Index site is also very good if you haven't found what you are looking for.
Now if you are looking for a more international flavor of opinion on military actions and current events, check out the UN Daily Briefing page or the Recent Additions page. For a more global military perspective check out NATO. Here you can also find out more about what Article 5 of the Washington Treaty really is.
And lastly, brushing up on your geography might not be such a bad idea either. For Afghanistan, I personally like the orientation provided by elevation maps. But political. and shaded relief maps are better understood by others. If you have other geographic needs that haven't been met, you might want to try Western Connecticut State University Department of Social Sciences site which has an excellent list of references that seems to be regularly updated and corrected.
And one final recommendation. If you are looking for factual statistical information centered on US concerns, start with Fed Stats. The information is there. If you can't find it, I suggest you contact your local public library and ask to speak to the government documents librarian.
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