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Memorial Day

Readers of this blog know that I am not a big fan of military solutions to development problems, AKA “fixing failed states”,  and am unhappy about wars that are justified on development grounds.

Yet I believe all of us should admire, respect, and pay tribute to those who put their lives on the line in dangerous places, which includes all of our soldiers and our aid workers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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  1. Pure freedom is nothing more than anarchy. The freedom that we enjoy comes with great responsibility. This Memorial Day, we should commemorate those that fought for our freedom and recognize our personal responsibility in it’s survival.

    Posted May 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  2. joe wrote:

    Why should we? Surely if something is senseless, those involved should be pitied not honoured.

    Posted May 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Andy wrote:

    I agree partly with all comments: Soldiers ad workers should be honored, and war is indeed senseless. Thus, perhaps this is also the right time to justly condemn the incompetent politicians whose all-too-easily made decisions sound the death knell for so many of the world’s young and bright.

    Posted May 31, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  4. Tanja wrote:

    Soldiers ad workers should be honored, and war is indeed senseless. Thus, maybe this is the right time to justly condemn the incompetent politicians whose all-too-easily made decisions sound the death knell for so many of the world’s young and bright.I agree partly with all comments:

    Posted June 4, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

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