Inspired by his recent trip to Afghanistan with Estevan Oriol and Critter Fleming, David’s latest watercolor piece is to be released tomorrow night at 10pm pst via teshop.bigcartel.com.
Posted from The Citrus Report
Sebastian Junger, an award-winning author with a new book, War, out now, has some interesting points to make. He spent 15 months embedded with soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in an isolated and exceedingly violent valley in northeast Afghanistan, an area that is basically at the edge of the world in our minds (thanks to our invasion, the Taliban, etc).
We read in this article on The Reporter that said: Junger looked at statistics from the Center for Disease Control and found that, statistically, it is safer to be deployed to a large and well-protected American military base in Afghanistan or Iraq than to survive unprotected in many parts of America, including some of the East Oakland streets where Raymen died.
“Children in these neighborhoods get assaulted, shot at, traumatized, and then swept up in this arms race of escalation,” said James Garbarino, an expert on trauma at Loyola University in Chicago, who has worked extensively in war zones from Bosnia to Iraq. “Before you know it, you have a war-zone neighborhood. Fear leads to fear, which leads to pre-emptive assault.”
The article goes on to talk about how Oakland has become one these cities with self-created war zones, where the same mentalities exist as they do in true war areas. This is just crazy, scary, and sad. This has to change in America for us to survive the 21st Century. Build schools, infrastructure, not go to war. Imagine what 10,000 schools and high-level school teachers would do to both America and Afghanistan? Cheaper than a 10-year war.