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Written by; The Bashful Country Boy

A lot of people question as to why we went into Iraq and say there was no logical reason to invade that country.The way I see it there were a lot of reasons:Saddam was a madman, he was paying little kids to strap bombs on their backs and go out and bomb theaters, restaurants, etc.

They say he had no WMDs, if he didn’t, then what did he use against the Kurds a few years ago?

He executed thousands of his own people.

If he had no WMDs, then why did we find the facilities to make them.

You say he didn’t support terrorism, why did we find training camps within a few miles of Baghdad?

He didn’t support terrorism, but yet he met with Osama and other terrorist leaders, what do you think,they played golf. He might not have been involved directly, but you can bet he paid his henchmen plenty to do the dirty work.

We now have troops in Iraq and will always have troops in Iraq, just like we do in Japan, Korea, Europe, Bosnia, and everywhere else we have fought to preserve freedom.

We now have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, this way we have a wedge between the different Muslim trouble spots. The Iraqis will eventually be able to govern and protect themselves, but by having troops there we will better be able to hunt down and control the terrorists activities.

This war on terrorism is going to go on for years, it is better to fight it in the Middle East than in the streets and skies of our cities.

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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Dissension during a war is nothing new, every war or conflict has seen it’s fair share of dissenters or protesters, most of whom can’t seem to see the benefits or necessity of winning.

In our own American Revolution, a war in which it would be assumed there would be unanimous support, General Washington faced criticism from almost every corner.

It must have been hard for General Washington and his troops to see their own countrymen support the Redcoats and give them food, shelter and clothing when our own troops, who were fighting for our freedom, were starving and at times, nearly naked.

A lot of politicians of the time were more interested in their own agenda than the good of the Republic.(sound familiar?)

Any student of history will discover that most  of the people didn’t want independence, only about a third actually supported the fact that we were trying to become an independent country.

What would have happened to our young country if General Washington would have been influenced by the dissenters and political opportunists?

The civil war, probably one of the darkest times in our history, drew many protests and riots from the liberals in New York. President Lincoln was probably the most criticized president ever.

What if Lincoln had listened?

World  War 11 also saw many people who didn’t want to see us go to war against Germany,a country who threatened the whole world,and had executed millions of people, but hadn’t attacked us.

What would have happened if we had listened?

Vietnam probably saw the most protesters, as we were in the turbulent 60’s and many people would rebel against anything, just to be rebelling.

Look what happened when we listened to the protesters, millions of people were executed when we left.

The protest in Iraq got off to a real slow start and failed to gain much traction until later on.

Even then, most of the rhetoric comes  from people who would oppose Bush on anything that he did, and politicians who are more concerned about which way the political winds are blowing, rather than have a backbone and stand up for what they believe to be right.

The main stream media is only concerned as to how they can spin the story to get the most advertising bang for the buck.

They fail to realize what would happen if the U.S. would pull out of Iraq. Do we really want to see millions of people slaughtered like they were in Vietnam?

The ramifications of us losing are tremendous, we would lose all credibility and it would be extremely hard for any country to trust us ever again.

Even the Democrats know that we aren’t leaving Iraq anytime in the far distant future, to do so would be a disaster to not only Iraq but the whole middle east, as well as ourselves.

In reality, our armed forces will always be in Iraq, we still have troops in Europe, Japan, Bosnia, and almost everywhere else we have fought for freedom.

In spite of it all, even though no one likes war, every conflict has brought about positive change and freed millions of people from oppression.

We are now just seeing positive effects from Vietnam, even though they have a communist form of government, golf courses are being built in Hanoi by American companies, cruise lines have regular Ports of Call in Saigon and Hanoi. The Vietnamese can’t get enough of our American way of life, for the most part rejecting their neighbors, the Chinese and Japanese.

People speak of how the rest of the world doesn’t like us, I can remember the 60’s, we weren’t very well liked then either, how about the 70’s  when our people were being kidnapped and held for days, weeks and months on end, and our government did absolutely nothing to free them?

I believe things aren’t much different now in the terms of how the rest of the world feels about us than it ever has been , there will always be people who criticize what we do, isn’t it more important to do what we feel is right than to worry about what someone thinks?

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website,

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I had become a member of the National Institute of Exploration based in Champagne ,Illinois a couple of years earlier. At the time they were escorting photography groups into exotic areas of the world and publishing photography books of photos and stories that were taken on the expeditions! 

 They were planning a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu, somewhere that I really had an interest in visiting. For various reasons, I was unable to take advantage of that trip and had almost forgotten about them.

One evening , while working in my darkroom, I received a call from them saying that they were planning a expedition of 200 photographers to Australia in June and was inquiring as to the feasibility of me going and leading a group. We would spend a month in Australia, break into groups of 8-10, each group spending approximately a week in an area , then go to a different area and spend a week there.

It was something that I had never given a second taught to , but I almost said yes immediately, but hesitated and said I would get back to them.

If I recruited 10 people  and became a team leader, I could get my trip for free. This sounded like an interesting opportunity, so I went for it.

I immediately began issuing press releases and recruiting people who might be interested in spending a month photographing Australia. I finally wound up recruiting 2 people , which was short of my goal, but I decided that for the money, it was still a good opportunity.

As the week of the trip approached, things became really chaotic, We had inadvertently decided to go on an Australian school holiday and it was extremely hard to get airline reservations. My flights were being changed daily or hourly, finally on Saturday about midnight, Barry Barker, the President  called me and said that  I would be leaving about 1:00 PM from Indianapolis on Sunday and that I should pick my ticket up at the ticket counter . At that point in time I had nothing to go on but blind faith, so my dad took me to the airport and lo and behold , my ticket was there!!

Bidding a quick good-bye to my dad , I scurried thru customs with my 80 rolls of film and boarded the aircraft bound for Chicago on what was the first leg of my 40 hour plane ride. Looking at my ticket I realized I only had a 45 minute layover in Chicago, being that the plane was 20 minutes late leaving Indianapolis, that only left 25 minutes to change planes, not much time. Little did I know that this was only a hint of things to come, the whole trip was going to be about synchronicity.

As the plane nuzzled to the gate I immediately left the plane and began running to my next plane bound for San Francisco. Luckily it wasn’t too far away and my self and my luggage boarded with plenty of time to spare!

A bright, sunny, cloudless sky awaited us in San Francisco, with the mountains and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background , the approach over the bay  was breathtaking ! 

Luckily I had a 5 hour layover , so there was more than plenty of time to eat and relax. We began boarding about 10 PM for our 5 hour flight to Hawaii. taking over an hour to completely load the 747, I began to feel as if I was participating in one of those “Airplane”  movies.

After taking off and enjoying a fine airplane meal, the rest of the 5 hours was spent sleeping, as it was already late at night back in Indiana.

 Having  a short stop in Honolulu I did step outside the airport to enjoy the tropical air and to be able to say that I had been to Hawaii , then we were on our way to our next stop Auckland, New Zealand.

The plane was only about 1/3 full, so there was plenty of room to stretch out for an occasional nap, or so I thought! My original plan was to catch some shut eye after take off, as there were four empty seats between myself and the next passenger. However, that thought disappeared , as during take off I had fallen asleep, when I awoke after being in the air for some time, the clown four seats over from me had taken every seat for himself.

That turned out to be a blessing, as when I made my way to the back of the plane, I began meeting people who would be joining me on my Australian adventure. We all congregated in the back of the plane and started sharing stories and getting to know each other. 

A few hours into the flight we crossed the equator, my first time in the southern hemisphere!

The clown next to me had finally moved, so I claimed the seats for myself and settled in for a much needed nap.
I awoke to a beautiful South Pacific sunrise, a couple more hours and we would be in Auckland!

Upon landing in Auckland, they held the plane on the tarmac while the outside of the plane was defumed, our own self service plane wash!! They also walked through the cabin and sprayed , no bugs in New Zealand. We would only be in Auckland a couple of hours , then it was off to Sydney!

Landing in Sydney is worth the cost of the trip, the flight path takes the plane over the cliffs in Sydney Harbour,  observing the Opera House and Sydney Bridge from my window seat, I realized that I had come a long way from the corn fields of Indiana.

 Five of us adventurers hailed a cab for the short ride to the domestic terminal, it was than that we became acquainted with the friendliness and hospitality of the Aussies. I think the cabbie gave us a complete history of Australia and the Aborigine people in that short five minute ride!

Another 3 hour layover and we are off to Cairns, my sense of direction is normally pretty good, however after taking off I had the distinct feeling that we were going South instead of North, I even asked my seat mate if we were going to Cairns.

He replied that we were, I later discovered that I had the same directional problem all the while I was in the Southern Hemisphere, must have been something about being orientated to the south pole rather than the north .
 The plane then made a stop in Brisbane, this was rather confusing as this was an unscheduled stop. I was later told that the flight was over booked, so they added another flight, as some of the passengers were only going to Brisbane,they landed in Brisbane, put us  on the original plane, in the same seats as we had on the first plane and off we went to Cairns! Just what I need after spending 38 hours on a plane!
Finally after 40 hours flying time, I landed in Cairns at about 10:30 PM on Tuesday,  I had returned to The Land of OZ!

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