Happy Birthday America. It’s a considerable accomplishment to reach 238 years strong.
A War of Independence, A Civil War, two World Wars, the Korean Conflict, The Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and actions in Afghanistan, not to mention various other conflicts of serious kinds and places over those years, America has had a significant role as a world power. It has weathered trials and tribulations, seen many thousands of its warriors lost to actions to defend essential freedoms. American soldiers have tried and often succeeded in holding the line against difficult scenarios spawned by individuals and organizations whose stated goals are to destroy this nation.
The War against Terrorism has been going on now for a long time, longer in a sense than many of America’s citizen soldiers are old. This nation is often criticized for its decisions to do battle against evil forces, but at the same time has been joined by various other nations committed to the same just causes. One of those partners has often been Canada, especially where peace keeping is a described goal.
I have been a resident of the USA since 1985, at first as a student and then as a full time academic teaching at a variety of institutions of higher learning. Several years ago I retired and turned my interests towards writing. Living here has been a pretty good gig. My family thrived and continue to make their own way in this nation. It’s a nation that affords opportunity for those who really want to work for it. My first novel The Chechen’s Revenge, in a very significant way became possible because of opportunities realized.
I started off this blog posting by writing a few thoughts about the turmoil that America has faced in terms of different wars and conflicts. But you might well ask what any of that has to do with the theme and thrust of The Chechen’s Revenge. In fact, probably nothing, except for the fact that my characters are engaged in the Canadian version of the War against Terrorism. I hope those of you reading this post who have not yet read the novel will make a decision to do so soon. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Good reading friends. Thanks for your support.
Ron Stotyn, PhD