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A Sad Saga

Conflict is ever present throughout the world. Besides the Pax Romana, I don’t believe that there has ever been a period of time when the world was not in conflict. The only reason for this peace, was because the power of Rome was so strong that no one attempted to challenge their control. It wasn’t because everyone liked the rule of law or the fairness of treatment of people through out the world. Often the reasons for conflict are religious, but sometimes people fight over resources and what they believe is their way of life. Often one group has held its opposition under control for so long that they become frustrated and revolt in violence. Sometimes a group sees that the group across the river or mountains has plenty of resources that they feel should rightly be shared. Maintaining a regional euphoric nation of supremacy often tramples on someone else’s vision.

For more than twenty years the government of Sudan waged war and about 2 million people were killed as a result of selfish aggression. More than 4 million people were displaced and moved across the borders into the neighboring countries.

During this conflict one group of boys traveled across Sudan to Ethiopia in order to escape the death and persecution. Nearly all of these boys were orphaned, as their parents had been indiscrimina ntly killed. The boys needed to learn to fend for themselves and figure out how to survive. The journey continued after they had found their way to refugee camps. Internationa l aid groups distributed these boys through out the world; 3800 went to the United States. And their journey continued, because the life of an immigrant to the United States isn’t always milk and honey. In fact, finding jobs proved to be quite difficult.

One of the leaders of these lost boys, Beer Ayuel, did find a job where he could use a rare skill in this country - the ability to speak multiple languages. He took his ability to speak Arabic and applied for a position at L-3 Communicatio ns, a New York-based company that provides translators and other services in Iraq. And, 17 days after arriving in Iraq he was killed.

A more complete story can be found here.

After telling my wife this story she had the perfect reply - “Bush is an Idiot!”

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Don’t forget what Stephen Colbert said, “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.”

Cross Posted @ Bring It On, tblog, Blogger and BlogSpirit

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