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Pearl Harbor memories fading with time

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You could hardly escape reminders of it during World War II. And over the course of decades since, Dec. 7 has meant one thing to generations of Americans: Pearl Harbor. Unprovoked attack.
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Just a small reminder of what today is and what it means to many Americans.  My grandparents told me about this when they were alive.  How unexpected it was, how shocking it was and how angry they, as well as many Americans were.  My grandparents have all passed away, but I made sure I told my kids about the importance of this day.  It is something that never should be forgotten.  This act reunited a nation in one common cause that I do not think has happened again.  There was only one purpose after December 7, 1941....to win a war that we did not start.

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WWII Doolittle Raiders make final toast in Ohio

WWII Doolittle Raiders make final toast in Ohio | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The surviving members of Doolittle Raiders made a last toast to their fallen comrades with a bottle of 1896 cognac from Lt. Gen. James Doolittle himself.
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One of the most iconic pictures of World War II when a B-25 takes off from the carrier USS Hornet to attack Toyko only moths after Peal Harbor.  With the war in Europe going bad at this stage and the Pacific War all going the way of the Japanese, this moral boost is what started the turn around.  These men knew this was really a one way mission, though most survived, but still did the impossible..attacked the Japanese at home.  This shocked the Japanese which caused them to divert more resources to protect the home islands at a time they could have been used elsewhere.  This was in April of 1942.  In May of 1942 the Japanese were stopped at the Battle of the Coral Sea and in June of 1942 the were decisively beaten at the Battle of Midway.  From that point on, until 1945 the Japanese were in retreat.  All of this started by men make a small but huge morale boosting raid on Toyko.  They should never be forgotten.

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors
Tablet Magazine
The historian Derek J. Penslar starts his masterful new book, Jews and the Military: A History, with an anecdote.
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A look at how Jews have served in other militaries and how this led to them to be fighting for the Jewish state of Israel.  Jew have long servered in many western armies, but espiecailly with the British in WW I when they lobbied, sucessfully, to be part of the liberation of the Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire.  There is a long military tradition that Israel has, even though the state of Israel only came into being in 1948. 

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The Ever-changing Map Of Middle East

http://www.middle-east-museum.com The map of Middle East countries and empires has been changing constantly since ancient time. This video shows the various ...
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Just a quick time map that shows how this area has been under the control of just about everyone in the area.  There are so many cultural, historical, social, economic and religious, amoung others, reasons that this area is so convoluted.  There is no real easy way to explain why the conflicts here keep going.  My dad once told be that they have been fighting for so long they forgot why and for what.  That they are fighting because theirs fathers did and their fathers and their fathers and so on.  Didn't Einstein say that the definition of insanity was "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?"  Well seems to me that this applies to this entire area of the world today. 

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The U.S. Plan to Invade Canada: War Plan Red

The U.S. Plan to Invade Canada: War Plan Red | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
A time-honored tradition in the U.S. military, contingency plans have been drawn up for the defense against, and invasion of, most major military powers. In fact, in response to recent events on the Korean peninsula, the U.S.
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And you all thought that the US/Canadian border was going to be safe...well it is...now.  Seems that both sides made plans to invade each other in the 1920s.  Seems that there are contingency plans for everything.  With the relations that we see today, its had to believe that such plans are even necessary...however don't forgot your history.  The US was invaded from Canada by the British during the revolution and we also invaded Canada in both the Revoultion and the War of 1812.  Check out this little article for a brief War of 1812 history http://forgottenhistory.blogspot.com/2007/05/united-states-invades-canada.html ; So imagine now if we did not enjoy what is considered the longest undefended border on the planet??  What would life be like along an unfriendly border that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the long Alaskan/Canadian border??  Nice to live next to a counrty and not have the North Korea/Sout Korea mentality.

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Maps of War ::: Visual History of War, Religion, and Government

Maps of War ::: Visual History of War, Religion, and Government | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Maps-of-War is a multimedia site dedicated to producing diverse, creative visuals that enhance our understanding of war and its history.
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Nice quick site of Maps.  The one pictured show decmocracy spread from the start of recorded time to modern times in about 90 seconds.  Other maps are very interesting, the History of Religion for example.  Nice site to check out.

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Civil War Battles & Casualties

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Via Seth Dixon
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This is just an amazing resource that tells the military side of the Civil War.  This war claimed more US casualties than World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.  A great resource to use to show the geogaphy of the war, the theaters of war that were themost imortant and how the Union wanted to fight the war.  Watch the time lapse of the map and it will show the pattern of the conflict as the war progressed.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:11 PM

Awesome interactive map of Civil War battles

Arlis Groves's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:09 PM

This interactive map can be a helpful resource for details about battle casualties.

Teresa M. Nash's comment, November 28, 2013 2:20 AM
Awesome!
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5 Historical Monuments Have Been Destroyed Forever During Syria's Civil War

5 Historical Monuments Have Been Destroyed Forever During Syria's Civil War | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Syria's incredible historical heritage is being blasted to pieces.

 

As Syria's tragic civil war continues without a resolution in sight, the conflict's death toll continues to soar. But this isn't the only disastrous consequence of the conflict — Syria's breathtaking historical and architectural heritage is being blasted to pieces by the ongoing civil war, too.


Via Seth Dixon
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The human toll is the worst result of this civil war, but there is the loss of historical and cultural sites that will also hurt this entire region.  The castle above is one of the finest examples of a Crusader Castle build in the old Crusader Kingdoms.  Having a western architecture smack in the Middle East is just awe inspirering.  The beautiful mosques that have been destroyed is like having Norte Dame in Paris destroyed, it is part of their past, their culture.  The human cost is immeasurable, but so is the historical loss.

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Roman Africa

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Just a quick little history of North Africa under the time of the Roman Empire.  The interactive maps can be set to a date and then you can explore cities that the Romans founded and developed in this time.  You can also click on these cities and gain some historical information on the cities in the area in this period of history.  With Roman control they brough stability to this area for hundreds of years, something that you really can't say exists today.  They also brough with them technology that allowed cities to be built and water to be supplied to an area that is really not that hospitable away from the coast.  See these pictures of the Hadrian Aquaduct in present day Tunisia.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolemage/sets/72157625911276588/ ; This brought water to the city of Carthage and was built around 131 AD and used unti thr 14th Century.  I don't know about you, but that lasted much longer they any present structure, including our modern roads.  It makes you wonder what this area would have been like if the Romans and meet and them eventully defeat the Carthaginian Empire by the Third Punic War?

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Russia’s DNA: “Fear of Invasion”

Russia’s DNA: “Fear of Invasion” | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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This is just a small article that explains a Russian "DNA" and the fear of invasions, especailly from the "west".  Who could blame them, Poland, Sweden, Germany in WW I, then many western countries during the Russian civil war and Germany again in WW II.  Fast forward to todays geographic and political outlook from Russian eyes, NATO more on their border with Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lituania all members and with the growing of the EU economically, this fear within the "DNA" of Russia may not be hard to explain.  History will always shape how people feel and what they believe.

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A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums

A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.

Via Seth Dixon
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I understand the need to do something and I also understand why Americans do not want to do this.  However I believe something should be done as it seems we all are forgetting our history.  Does anyone remember 9/30/1938.  A speech given by then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain promised "...peace of our time."  He was talking about the Munich Agreement where Hitler promised that Czechoslovakia would be his last territorial grab.  Well we all know what that led to.  We cannot appease or let people get away with actions like this.  If he is allowed to use the gas on his own people whats to stop him from using it on Turkey, Israel or even in the US as part of a terrorist attack.  Just something else to think about .. an old quote which is a paraphrase, those who do not learn history will be doomed to repeat it.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:36 AM

The world is waiting to see how the drama in the Middle East unfolds. 

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British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg

British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.
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Looks like the British wanted to make everyone mad.  Remember the old say "the sun never set on the British Empire."  Now you can see how that can be true.

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