Posts Tagged ‘middle-east’

This week in the news there was a story about the opening of the George W Bush presidential Library opening in Dallas Texas. The 43rd president of the United States, caught the ire of much of the world for the United states role in the Iraq war.  No matter what the side is on the polarizing war in Iraq it is significant to note that the nation of Iraq went from a brutal dictatorship to a free democratic government that tried the dictator in the countries judicial system.

Iraq is still a nation in some turmoil but now they are free from Saddam Hussein and for the most part the Baathist party.  I try to not be political at all, but I am a fan of democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom as great as they are do not come with their costs.

Iraq is and has experienced as any nation rebuilding some of the costs of freedom. A nation will pay for its’ freedom and so will individuals.

This weekend my girlfriend and I will run in a 5k., The proceeds of the race will go to a shelter and counseling center for abused women. An individual who has just left an abusive relationship is a little like a nation that was just liberated. Their path to freedom will often be a rough one, sometimes the path to freedom can seem harder than their abuse.


The difference in a path to freedom and an abusive relationship or a dictatorship government is that the path to freedom assures we succeed or fail, thanks to our own decisions and actions.

You may have just left an abusive relationship, started a new job or career and you may be looking at your decision wondering if it was worth it. Only you can answer this, but if you know it is worth the cost. I would like to take this moment to encourage you and, let you know that, you can do it!

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” — unknown




I was on my way to work this morning and listening to a radio story detailing the fine cuisine in a restaurant. The interviewer spoke with customers and kitchen staff about the fine dining. I was in shock when I heard that the restaurant was in Mogadishu. The news story is on NPR, and it is really worth a read! The story goes on to point out that the country of Somalia has been brutalized through a 21-year-old civil war, and that even now the stability of the region is not well stable, but people must eat and the restaurant owner is aware of this.

The restaurant is successful so far and not without some unfortunate violence. The violence is squashed by the security in the restaurant and the one fatalities are the terrorist themselves. Hearing this success story simply reinforces my faith in good people.  Good people are not heroes but they do heroic acts that make the world go around, like feeding people.

I think salman Rushdie  put it best when he said “How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized.”