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Afghanistan, Tribes, Nation Building,

Attempting to understand Afghanistan, a unconquerable country

FLORIDA: There is a very good reason that Afghanistan has never been conquered by any nation in history. That is because Afghanistan only exists in the minds of mapmakers. This simple truth explains why every nation that tries to remake it into its own image fails. Including the U.S.  To understand what is happening now ...

Memorial Day, Solemnity,

The purpose behind Memorial Day. A lesson in solemnity for all

FLORIDA: This is Memorial Day weekend yet no one seems to remember what that day really symbolizes. Begun in the wake of the Civil War, when a few southern ladies decorated the graves of Union soldiers buried far away from their mothers, sisters, fathers, and brothers, it demonstrated our commonality rather than our differences. Sadly ...