General Giap died at the age of 102 yesterday in Vietnam. His strategies were instrumental in bringing the country independence from French Colonial rule and more tenaciously from the fangs of America that were then foaming the venom of anti-communist ideology.
Giap's tactics became fundamental in the playbook of people's struggles everywhere and were based on organization of the peasants to act as one organism which was an absolute imperative when fighting a vastly superior enemy that has advantages in every category except morality.
If one looks at America's greatest sniper, Chris Kyle, it can be seen that he had more than 150 confirmed kills by 2008 in Iraq. He died in 2012 at the age of 35 due to a violent confrontation. General Giap was responsible for deaths of more than one million American, French and Vietnamese soldiers yet lived to the peaceful, ripe old age of 102.
I only mention this from the point of view of karma, which many probably do not believe in but I find worth mentioning in the context of this man's life and culture. Giap's motivation was one of love for his country and his people and his perceived need to liberate them. It was a pure motivation that endured in a long and happy life.
Klye, a Texas good'ole boy whose main mission in life seemed to be playing whack-a-mole with his sniper rifle on the barbarian heathen Iraqis, died of a violent gunshot wound from a PTSD-fatigued former American soldier.
The contrasts here are vivid and huge.
I wish I could say RIP General Giap but it is not in me to celebrate generals in the thrall of war. I am anti-war, no matter the cause.
passed away Friday, he had suffered a heart attack. Words can't express this feeling, a legend in his own time. Another artist in the soundtrack of my life has left us, fare thee well my brother.
A toast in memory of my Dad, xo~
May our love lead us to
the best place we can find in our
minds, our hearts and our souls.
His take out of the bunch was first,
then us, all. To his blessings
on all of Us to Rock and Roll, xo!
Cheers, clink and thanks if you joined in, xo!
They will all be on my prayers the family's alike.
Life is very precious I found that out the hard way 3 years ago this October. Having lost the most wonderful girl I have known to date. Gone in the blink of an eye. So to all those in times of grief I pray. Prayer works. God works
Such a sad thing to happen. My deepest sympathy. Thinking of you and especially your partner at this time. Love to both of you. May your hearts have some peace.
Dave's family did what Dave would have wanted
and donated his organs so that others can live.
I won't do Phil's donor rap, as it is better coming from him
and Phil actually knows what a gift he was given.
Dave knows as well because he just passed life onto others.
It is a way to give back.
"you know better, but I know him....."
what a horrible thing. My condolences to you and yours, and Dave's family.
Dear, dear, dear...
Great lovingkindness and
every prayer for comfort
during this time, to you
My soul sister lost her
nephew to gunfire at an
7-11. He was so innocently
in the wrong place too.
Keep him alive through out
the rest of your lives in
spirit. Have his birthday
with cake, candles and song.
Celebrate who you are because
you knew him and he will be
close to you, so close as
our love never dies.
Every comfort, every comfort...
to You and All, xo.
A young man (27) will be taken off life support this morning.
Dave's family will offer up his organs to be harvested to assist others in need,
as he has no brain activity anymore.
Dave worked with my wife at a local non-profit.
He was much like a 'work son' for Mary as he was in
the age range of our three sons. He was enthusiastic, loved
his work, was talented in many ways, a great co-worker for Mary,
a friend to many, and a good human being who loved to laugh.
Dave was walking home Friday before last, and was attacked from
behind by cowards who wanted his cell phone and wallet. Dave
had 3 skull fractures and has been in a coma for a little over a week.
There was also a developmentally disabled 22 year old attacked the same
night, in the same manner (who has now died) and 2 others who have been
attacked (head injuries), in each case, the perps wanted their cell phones
and wallet. Really?
All in the little city of Lincoln, NE.
Mary is heartbroken. Dave's family is devastated. I am in disbelief.
Thankfully Dave's family is able to think of others and consented to
the harvest and transplant process. That will mean life for others.
Please send some healing vibes and prayers to
Dave's family, friends, and to my Mary.
May the four winds blow you safely home, Dave.
IN HONOR AND MEMORY
ALL POW MIA
Prisoners of War and Missing In Action
All Their Families and Their Friends
Their mourning and grief exceeds most, xo.
On this day-
May 27th in the Year of Our Lord 2013
May we be reminded, everyday, til the
World finds Peace and then the last
POW MIA will finally be...
The Last POW MIA.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!