Des Opresso Liber. To free the oppressed. This is the motto of the United States Army Special Forces, more commonly known as the ‘Green Berets.’ (1) The purpose of the Green Berets is to serve as an elite commando force that is deployed to train and build insurgencies in foreign countries that are hostile to America. They are meant to be guardians and warriors for freedom, not informants for tyrannies.
To whoever reads this, I hope you won’t mind if I get a little personal, but due to everything that has transpired, it is necessary. I am a student at Utah Valley University, (1) and my university is requiring all students in the upcoming Spring semester to be vaccinated. Now, there are exemptions (2) that the university is required by Utah state law to allow. The exemptions that would be accepted are for medical, religious, or even personal reasons. While I fully intend to file for an exemption, I like so many others were furious about this requirement. So much so, that when a group of students came together to fight this mandate, I joined.
On January 22nd, 1973, America was changed forever because of the selfishness of one person. Roe v Wade (1) is a landmark case that allowed for the horrendous practice of abortion to become legalized. The case was between Jane Roe, whose real name was Norma McCorvey, and Dallas County District Attorney, who was the DA from 1951 to 1987, Henry Wade. (2) McCorvey, (3) at the age of twenty-one, was the mother of two children, one of whom her mother had custody of, and the other had been put up for adoption. When she found out that she was pregnant with a third child, she decided that she wanted an abortion.
“Been a tough day.” Those were the opening words of an official statement by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Tough is an understatement. On August 26th, 2021, there were two suicide bomber attacks outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, that resulted in the death of thirteen (1) American service members, and another eighteen being wounded. The oldest of those killed was thirty-one (2) years old. Not since the tragic events of Operation Red-Wing (3) in 2005, popularized in the book Lone Survivor, has there been such a loss of American life. At least sixty (4) Afghani’s have also died as a result of the cowardly attack. The group that claimed responsibility for this attack is an offshoot of the decimated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They call themselves ISIS-K, (5) the K stands for Khorasan, a region that is split between Iran and Afghanistan.
The world is in chaos as it watches Afghanistan fall into the hands of the Taliban. As the region crumbles, a question is being asked. How many Americans are still trapped in the Graveyard of Empires? When Pentagon Press Secretary, Former Rear Admiral John Kirby, (1) was asked this question, he had a very simple answer, ‘I don’t know.’ (2) That answer was further amplified by White House Communications Director, Kate Bedingfield, (3) who said: “We don’t have a precise number. What we’re doing is working to identify how many Americans are there.” Former Vice President Biden has said that there could be as many as ten to fifteen thousand Americans still there. Then there is the case of not (4) being able to know how many Americans and Afghani’s are being flown out.
The Graveyard of Empires. That is the name that has been given to the land that is Afghanistan. It was in this land that the infamous 1842 British retreat from Kabul (1) took place, resulting in the survival of only one man out of a force that consisted of 16,000 people. In the mountains of the Hindu Kush, the mountain range that makes up much of the land-locked country, it was here that the Soviet Union began to fall, ultimately leading to the rise of the original Taliban. For nearly a decade, 1979-1989, (2) the Soviet Union maintained a military presence in Afghanistan to try and support a government that was nothing more than a puppet for the Soviets. At one point in time, there were more than a hundred thousand Soviet soldiers in the country. But the Afghan people do not like foreign invaders, and they despise puppet governments. This led to the rise of the Mujahideen, a group of Islamic guerilla fighters from Afghanistan and around the world, who decimated the Red Army. There were various factions within the Mujahideen, and for nearly five years after the Soviets had withdrawn, there was a struggle for power.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." These immortal words were uttered long ago by one of the greatest conservative political philosophers, Lord Acton. (1) Sadly, recent events have proven Lord Acton to be right. Here in America and around the world we are seeing the media and political elite getting away with, or at the very least surviving a great deal longer than if they were not in the public eye. Nowhere is this made more clear than in the 165 page report (2) that is the product of an investigation conducted by New York State’s Attorney General, Letitia James. (3) This report outlines the sexual abuse of at least half a dozen women by the hands of a political rival and current Governor of the state, the Democratic party’s golden boy, Andrew Cuomo. The rules of the committee allows for the Speaker of the House to ‘appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee (4), 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader.’ Speaker Pelosi announced her intention to name Liz Cheney (5) as one of her eight appointees. The other seven Democratic members are, Bennie Thompson (6) (MS-02), who is also serving as chairman, Zoe Lofgren (7) (CA-19), House Intelligence Committee (8) Chairman, Adam Schiff (9) (CA-28), Pete Aguilar, (10) (CA-31), Stephanie Murphy, (11) (FL-07), former impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, (12) (MD-08), and Elaine Luria, (13) (VA-07).
After the failed attempt to create a 9/11 style commission to investigate the events of January 6th, Nancy Pelosi (1) vowed to create a House Select committee for that specific reason. On June 30th, a resolution passed the House of Representatives (2) by a vote of 222 for, and 190 against. Sixteen Republicans abstained from the vote, while another two Republicans voted for the committee, (3) the infamous Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. The rules of the committee allows for the Speaker of the House to ‘appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee (4), 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader.’ Speaker Pelosi announced her intention to name Liz Cheney (5) as one of her eight appointees. The other seven Democratic members are, Bennie Thompson (6) (MS-02), who is also serving as chairman, Zoe Lofgren (7) (CA-19), House Intelligence Committee (8) Chairman, Adam Schiff (9) (CA-28), Pete Aguilar, (10) (CA-31), Stephanie Murphy, (11) (FL-07), former impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, (12) (MD-08), and Elaine Luria, (13) (VA-07).
In ancient Greek mythology, one of the most beautiful creatures was Pegasus. (1) A winged horse that was the child of the Gorgon Medusa and the God of the sea, Poseidon, he would one day be tamed by another child of Poseidon named Bellerophon, before being stabled by Zeus. Sadly, his name has once again popped up, but not for the appreciation of a beautiful myth, but rather, it has been perverted and is now the name of a spyware. The Pegasus software was developed by the Israeli cyber arms technology firm NSO (2) Group Technologies. NSO stands for the names of the founders, Niv Carmi, Omri Lavie, and Shalev Hulio, of which Lavie and Hulio are the only ones who are on the company's board (3) of directors. The company was founded in 2010, and merged with the Bulgarian surveillance firm, Circles, (4) in 2014, which greatly increased the clientele of NSO, giving them connections directly to the governments of twenty-five countries (5) around the world. NSO was bought by the American private equity firm, Francisco Partners, (6) in 2014. It was put up for sale (7) in 2017. A majority of the shares were bought back by two of the founders, Lavie and Hulio who had partnered with London based private equity firm, Novalpina (8) Capital, for one billion dollars in 2019. (9)
Since the overthrow of military dictator Fulgencio Batista, (1) in 1959, Cuba has been ruled by the Castro’s, and they have ruled with an iron fist. First under Fidel, (2) who then ceded the office of President over to his brother Raul in 2008 due to health concerns. He died in 2016. Raul Castro (3) then held onto power for nearly a decade, enacting some reforms in the process, until he began to yield power in 2018 to the current President, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Diaz-Canel’s ascension to power is significant due to the fact that he marks the end of the Castros’ rule.