Sunday, August 28, 2005
First Week Back at College
I love having a single room. It's everything I thought it would be. Even the shared bathroom isn't so bad (though I would prefer having my own). Finally, I have some privacy!
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Reply to Walter Williams
Dear Dr. Williams,
I am an avid reader of your column, and I agree with most of the points you make
in your latest column, Security or Hysteria.
However, I do take issue with one point you make. You compare the reaction to
deaths in the Pacific campaign of World War II with the reaction to deaths in
the Iraq War, and conclude that America has "become feminized and turned into a
nation of wimps and nervous nellies".
I think this conclusion fails to take into account a crucial difference between
World War II and the Iraq War. Specifically, you fail to take into account what
the soldiers are dying for. In World War II, American soldiers died to defend
America, and Japan and Germany became civilized countries. American soldiers
are dying in Iraq for the establishment of an Islamic theocracy (or something
close to it) the way the Iraqi constitution is shaping up. Yes, they say
they'll respect human rights, but they also say that no law will be able to
contradict Islam, and certain human rights-such as freedom of religion
(converting from Islam to another faith is a death penality offence under
Islamic law), women's rights (in our "ally" Saudi Arabia, a state where, like
in the future Iraq, Islam is the source of all law, women get beaten for not
wearing headscarves), and freedom of speech (it is a death penality offence to
say anything against Islam under Islamic law), are contrary to Islam. One
wonders how Americans would have reacted to combat deaths in World War II if,
during the war, it became clear that American soldiers were dying for the
establishment of regimes that, human rights-wise, would not be much better than
what had preceded them. Personally, though I would be willing to lay down my
life for my country (I am a 21 year old male), I would NOT be willing to lay
down my life for the establishment of an Islamic theocracy, or any other kind
of tyranical regime, and I would not be happy if my child (if I had one) or one
of my friends did so, and I am not at all pleased to see American soldiers
Daniel R. Marx
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Off to College!
Last Afternoon Home
My last afternoon home.
I make tea in the kitchen.
While the water boils, I stare out at the pool, and contemplate:
My senior year is looming large over the horizon.
This year, I will finally have the privacy I have long desired, and this is good
I will still miss seeing
The sunlight shimmering on the pool;
The towel hanging lazily over the deck
Occasionally disturbed by a little breeze!
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Last Week at Home
Today begins my last week at home
Before I start my senior year of college
I look back on my vacation-
What have I done?
153 on the LSAT
Wrote a couple personal statements
My cousin came over
Saw the Capitol Steps
Went on a cruise to
In between I read and watched TV and went on the Internet.
As you can see
I received no great enlightenment
No angels lit my way
No miracles occurred
My vacation has passed like a dream.