Friday, September 5, 2008

That Meme thing.

I was tagged by Game Dame, so …

September 11 Attacks
In the financial Aid Center at Texas A&M. I was standing in line to make a payment and wondered why everyone was crowded around the TV all of a sudden. It was about 30 min later when finally found out what was going on. It all seemed very unreal, like life had suddenly become a TV show.

Challenger Shuttle Disaster
I honestly have no clue. I didn't pay attention to the news until late 90's. I was 4 years old at the time which also didn't help.

Hurricane Katrina
In Houston, watching it rain alot. The Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit me stronger emotionally as I knew people from Sri Lanka and my church at the time sent people to assist with relief efforts but didn't know anyone from Lousiana, and it all seemed about as far away as the Georgia war last month.

Reagan Assassination Attempt
You know... I'm horrible with US current events... very horrible. I didn't know this had happened until this meme. Also I wasn't born when it happened.

John Lennon’s Death
He's the beatle guy? I know a few friends who like that band. Almost all of the catchy comercials I like are by them. But I wasn't alive when he died so it didn't seem like an event. Princess Diana I remember being all over the news but it wasn't a big event to me.

Kurt Cobain’s Death
I don't know who this is. Nas said he was a part of the band Nirvana. I don't even know what their music sounds like.


This started me thinking about other big events I remember in my political awareness:

General Manuel Noriega being removed from power. This caused my Dad to spend a year remote in Panama before we could join him. It was a year spent with my grandparents.

The Berlin Wall falling. I didn't really understand the significance but a lot of people I knew were watching it a lot.

The war in Afaghanstan and Iraq. I remember thinking that we were going to have an -extremely- hard time winning in Afaghanastan. All I knew was that Russia had eventually given up and that historically it was one of those places where empires failed. I was shocked at how quickly we "won" and then unshocked at how it has failed to fully stabalize.

In Iraq I was again surprised by how quickly the initial fighting was over. I'm saddened by the fact that it has taken us this long to return their country to a semblance of stability but I'm really hopeful that the current trend of stability caused by the troop surge will stick and we will be out of there leaving a peaceful Iraq behind. I say hopeful because things in the middle east never seem to go the way anyone hopes.

Rwanda. I didn't know about Rwanda until the movie Hotel Rwanda. This movies compeletly reduced me to tears. Researching the event made me cry again. Genocide infuriates me. If any nation suspects another nation is committing genocide I feel they have the COMPLETE right to demand an international investigation and enforce sanctions in the meantime. If they have proof that they are committing genocide I feel they have a moral obligation to intervene. There is nothing sadder than when the world sits back and watches as another nation commits injustice like that.

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