Val (a/k/a El Barbaro) does not seem to be back in the saddle yet. Use this forum today to post any comments, articles, or other musings you may have. Think of this as “open line Tuesday” on Babalu Blog. Let me start it off:
Ask even news-savvy Americans what they know about Saddam’s plans to deploy suicide bombers against the West, and the most common response will be blank stares. Ditto for asking about how Saddam’s thugs trained thousands of terrorists from around the Arab world, right up through 2002.
Both stunning revelations surfaced recently, one in Congressional testimony last month and the other in the current issue of Foreign Affairs magazine. The Pentagon has known about these items on Saddam’s terrorist agenda since the end of 2003, which is when it received the after-action analysis report it had commissioned. (It served as the basis for the testimony and the magazine article.)
Read the whole thing here.
Carlos Alberto Montaner gave a speech at Princeton University in New Jersey to the organization called RAÍCES DE ESPERANZA about Cuban-American identity. Here’s an excerpt:
I think it’s time to examine the concrete case of you and Cuba. After all, that’s what has brought us to Princeton this spring of 2006. All of you, more than 100 young Cuban-Americans, have come together in a remarkable organization called Roots of Hope. You are united by a common ancestry and the desire to be useful to a society you know only through hearsay.
It seems to me you do very well in congregating. To contribute to the freedom of the Cubans is a noble cause. To denounce the abuses they suffer is a decent and dignified endeavor. Every human being must devote some effort to philanthropy and that word, as we all know, means “love for one’s neighbor.” “Neighbor,” in turn, comes from the Old English word “nigh,” meaning “near,” and who is nearer to you than the members of the tribe your parents and grandparents came from? To come together to do good is one of the noblest tasks people can and should perform. Besides, altruism brings pleasant emotional rewards. To serve those who suffer generates a sweet interior satisfaction, perhaps, as I said before, due to the secret activity of the neurotransmitters.
Read the whole article here.