In the meantime, the Soleimani assassination and its anniversary should give Americans an opportunity to ponder carefully what each side in this troubled relationship has done to the other. The most common U.S. allegation made against Soleimani is that he had American blood on his hands due to his relationship with Iraqi elements who fought against U.S. forces during the occupation of Iraq following the U.S. invasion of that country in 2003. Of course, Americans should mourn and honor their fallen compatriots and recognize as enemies of the war those who have made sacrifices among them, even in a military expedition as misguided as the 2003 Iraq war. That does not preclude understanding what such enemies are did and why they did it.
The United States started this war in Iraq with an act of aggression in March 2003. This came shortly after they declared Iran – despite its cooperation with the United States in Afghanistan after September 11th – as part of an "axis of evil." “It happened in a country that shares a 900-mile border with Iran and from which Iraq began its own war of aggression against Iran, which caused enormous costs and losses in the 1980s. For Soleimani and his colleagues, in the eyes of most Iranians, it was likely an honorable and even necessary duty for an officer to act in the interests of Iranian national security amid ongoing US security, to help Iraqi elements that oppose the military Resist US occupation of Iraq. War initiated. (…)
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At Daily Kos that day in 2011– This is not your father's job market:
A study by the John J. Heldrich Center for Personnel Development at Rutgers University caught some attention after it was published in mid-December. The New York Times explored One aspect of it last Friday. I discussed another piece of it last Wednesday The Shattered American Dream: The unemployed lose ground, hope and confidence in their futureThe picture is not pretty for Americans who lost their jobs in the Great Recession. Millions of them are still unemployed. And, as The Times' Catherine Rampell points out, many of those who have been reinstated are not doing so well:
Almost 7 in 10 respondents who took jobs in new areas said they had to take a wage cut, compared to just 45 percent of workers who successfully found work in their original area.
Of all new hires recorded by the Heldrich Center, 29 percent took advantage of a reduction in fringe benefits in their new job. Again, those career changes had to sacrifice more: almost half of these workers (46 percent) suffered a benefit cut, compared with just 29 percent who stayed in the same career.
Many of those who have found work in another field say that they have resigned themselves to the limited options, but they hesitate to see their new job as a calling.