ISIS: Why History Matters

The Sumerians called it Buranuna 5000 years ago, and it held for them a magical quality. There empire centered roughly between the Buranuna, or Euphrates and the Tigris, a fertile delta running from Basra just north of Kuwait, running through the hearts of Iraq and Syria into eastern Turkey. This is the cradle of civilization, the place where humanity sought settlement over nomadic existence. This is where our collective ancestors settled into those furtive first communities and invented farming. It was not by happenstance. This was the only place it could have happened some 9700 years ago. This is the crossroads, the natural and sustainably survival path north into Turkey and Europe, or into the Russian Steppes, or east into Asia. The Tigris and Euphrates is indelibly imprinted upon the human soul. Our history is in those rivers. The legacy of that murky and convoluted history still reverberates and intrudes upon the illusion of our modern pretense that we have severed those primitive ties to our ancient selves.Iran_Euphrates_River_Map

This was the seat of power of the Persian king Darius III before he was defeated by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela, just outside of modern day Mosul. Mosel sits astride the Tigris River, where Kurdish forces fended off ISIS last month. In fact, the history of this land is key to understanding ISIS. That the Pentagon, Republicans and Democrats and the media have failed to note that is, in my opinion, a fundamental miscalculation in confronting ISIS. Two weeks ago the Syrian towns of Al Tabqah and Ar Raqqah on opposite banks of the Euphrates fell to ISIS. This week they are pressing assaults for Baghdad. As of this writing the northern Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish frontier was close to falling. The capture of the town neutralizes Kurdish resistance in the region, on the road to Jarabulus, consolidating their control over the Euphrates and Tigris delta clear to Baghdad. That control makes them an entity to be reckoned with and a state to be recognized.

Once they ISIS has solidified control over the region the rest of Iraq will fall, and it it is likely that ISIS will turn south to Kuwait for a warm water port and access to the Persian Gulf. ISIS is Sunni. This largest sect of Islam believes itself the closest adherents to the Prophet Muhammed and his heir Abu Bakr. But what sect of any religion doesn’t believe that it holds the fast track to God or a prophet? The Seljuk Turks, which raged across the middle east in the 10th and 11th centuries used these lands as their base of operations, moving up the Euphrates and into Turkey. The land ISIS now covets mirrors the Seljuk expansion to a frightening degree. There are powerful historic connections for ISIS to the region. History tells us much.

South of Baghdad and just west of the Euphrates, on the edge of the river’s fertile extent lies the city of Karbala. It was the site of the Battle of Karbala in 680AD. The city is considered holy by Shia. Loss of the city to the Sunni ISIS would represent a spiritual and historic calamity within Islam. Over the last several years Sunni militants and ISIS sympathizers have continually attack Shia pilgrims to the city.

In both the Bible and Koran there are references to the river as well:

“The Prophet Muhammad said: “The Hour will not come to pass before the river Euphrates dries up to unveil the mountain of gold, for which people will fight. Ninety-nine out of one hundred will die [in the fighting], and every man among them will say: ‘Perhaps I may be the only one to remain alive’.”

“Soon the river Euphrates will disclose the treasure of gold. So, whoever will be present at that time should not take anything of it.”

In fact ISIS has been only to happy to sell their black gold, or oil on the black market for pennies on the dollar to fund their operations. Like the rest of us ISIS is perpetually caught between history and tomorrow. That history bends our reason as we craft illusions of freewill in our reach for tomorrow. Mankind like a racer shadowed at the shoulder by a competitor is constantly forcing itself to look forward while look back at its own history. ISIS is just as crippled by that dichotomy as the rest of us. Their burden is living too much in an idealized past. Here in the West, we are burdened by a lack of historical perspective and the realization that our collective history remains a shared lesson and curse.


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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No time for solemn memorials on September 11th. How about a few trials instead: A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..

I have no time or patience for the politician’s national weep fest in their fake commemorations of the September 11 attacks. I grieve for the innocent dead, but that also includes the 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians, 100 thousand innocent Afghanis, dead Yemenis and Pakistanis killed by drones, millions of foreclosure victims in the United States, Michael Brown and all those killed by a militarized police. And I weep for our lost freedoms. How are all of those connected?

There are still too many unanswered questions about the attacks, but this is not about conspiracy. More and more, however, I am of the opinion that my government allowed the attacks to happen. Even if that wasn’t the case, they took advantage of the attacks, along with the media and corporations to further really greedy and cynical ends.

The attacks that Tuesday stunned the average American. I was on a flight line at O’Hare, walking from plane to plane with a wrench in my hand prepared to do battle with terrorists who had just calming commandeered 4 commercial aircraft and flown them into buildings. What the hell was I thinking? The chain of events from that day ultimately led me to get injured on the job and be forced to leave a job, until that day, that I truly loved. The second tower hadn’t come down yet when a Black friend and coworker simply shook his head and said “this country is going to use this as an excuse to go after brown people.”

I wasn’t buying it, but I am still waiting to see us fight the so-called war on terror against a single Caucasian country. I am still waiting for us to go to war against a country of brown people that also doesn’t shockingly NOT HAVE OIL. Funny how all that worked out. It was almost as if the Project for a New American Century group, whose ranks became much of the Bush team, like Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Kristol, had planned the whole thing. A year before the attacks they released a paper outlining the future course for the US designed to keep the country as the preeminent world power and to gain strategic control over resources around the planet, ya know, like oil. They just said that to achieve that goal the American people would have to be galvanized in a “Pearl Harbor type event.” Imagine the luck when those crazy Arabs took over our good Christian planes and flew them into two American symbols of power; the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

America went to war around the planet-against brown people who live on oil rich lands-for 10 years. All total we are looking at around a million dead. But that includes foreigners, and today you won’t hear a word about them. We’ll only hear about the important ones; 5000 soldiers killed with 100 thousand wounded and crippled, and 3000 killed in the Towers and the Pentagon. But wait there is more! The banks and corporations used the cover of the attacks to merge with government in this cancer-like symbiosis. They used that relationship to reconstitute law, to write and rewrite laws that led to millions of Americans being foreclosed on, losing their jobs and more. We saw a police once tasked to “Protect and Serve” become the enforcement mechanism for corporations and banks, and the control arm of the government.

Before 9-11 the “government is us” was the refrain, now unless you are a millionaire or billionaire and backed by a corporate interest, you have no chance of getting into any meaningful government position. It is simply assumed now that a man or woman gets into politics to further their own ambitions. Once there ALEC, run by the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council, will write the laws and their cronies in congress will put them into law which the police will enforce. There is no first or fourth amendment anymore. There is no fifth or 14th amendment anymore, but there is the 2nd amendment for white people. They will be the neighborhood enforcement militias if the coloreds get uppity.

And that IS where the revolution will start, because the minority communities in this nation really have nothing to lose. They’ll be joined by the immigrant community who came here really believing in freedom. White folks? They’re so terrified after 9-11, it is all WE can do to cling to our empty 401ks, what remains of our middleclass at the expense of the rest of the world dream and a gun.

But this was all by design. This was all to the advantage of a class of people who have gotten richer and freer while the rest of the nation has atrophied. Forgive me if I don’t kneel before the flag, because it is an obscene symbol on a day in which we should be mourning the dead and exalting a nation that rose from the ashes to become something better and brighter and stronger. Instead, we took the opposite road…

do I hate America? No, but we went off down a seedy trail, and I hate the way we ended up. I grew up in a country wanting to be better, and better is an eternal process. Instead we got a country greedily grasping for more, and more is a never ending word.

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The ISIS Overreaction. No strategy may be part of the strategy. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..

Do something! Why doesn’t Obama have a strategy? Just go bomb ISIS back to the stone-a…okay, pre-stone-age. I am not an Obama apologist, and I advocate a robust reaction to ISIS, but people, PLEEAASSEE! The just-do-something syndrome is as dangerous in this instance as the don’t-do-nothing paralysis. For all of the experts who either can compel us that war is never the answer and we should just ignore ISIS like a petulant child until they realize their erroneous ways to the war pornographers who want to ride, or ride someone’s kid over the hill in some Yee-ha, cheap beer swillin,’ flag waving sporting event, where are the real questions for all these self-infatuated experts? Jumping in with both feet on this one just cuz ya gotta have a strategy to satisfy most people in this country who would struggle to find Syria on a map, let alone bomb it is dangerous.

But FOX and the Republicans are hysterical over Muslims, Muslims, Muslims everywhere! So we jump in hard. Does that become a giant lightening rod for Jihadists, a tipping point for moderates, a call to arms out of sympathy? And then what? A bombing campaign must be backed up with a longer term strategy on the ground and internationally. What does the US-led bombing of Sunnis in Iraq mean for the ethnic divisions strained to the breaking point in Iraq? Those opposing ISIS on the ground are fractured, factionalized and often beleaguered.

ISIS has drawn thousands to their ranks amid porous borders that would make the Mexican/American border look like the Berlin Wall by comparison. What happens to those people? Who polices them up? Who restores order without turning genocidal or vengeful against otherwise peaceful and victimized Sunnis caught in the middle of the Sunni fanatics of ISIS? What is they scatter and export violence in an ill-conceived war? What stabilizes the region in the longer term that prevents this from flaring again? Because those answers are difficult doesn’t mean we do nothing, by the way.

As for Syria, Assad is not suddenly our pal, but there is a semblance of stability across extremist Sunni and Shia lines, but there is also legitimacy to the original rebellion which was co-opted, and from which sprang this extremism. Here’s the deal. The world isn’t a cartoon. It is complex, which is not a call for inaction, but rather caution, planning, perspective and wisdom. After the major fuck ups of foreign policy the past 40 years by this country, we ought to be wise as old owls! If you absolutely have to stick something into the wall socket, you’d better damn well turn off the breakers feeding the current, or at the very least make sure you are grounded. Jamming something in the wall, otherwise, will likely bring a world of unexpected surprises…and none of them are good.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Where are the moderate Muslims on the beheading of James Foley? A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..last night on the Joe Walsh show he posed a question I think is on everyone’s mind. This past week American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists after being held for more than 2 years in Syria, where he was reporting on the conflict. Despite an attempt at rescue by US Special Forces, Foley was butchered, his beheading broadcast on the internet. Walsh, on his show, demanded that moderate Muslims, who claim to be a religion of peace, publically condemn his death. Walsh said no Muslims had condemned the killing, that is except, as I found by Googling “Muslims, ISIS, condemn” British Muslim organizations, American Muslim organizations, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim and Christian leaders together in India. In fact, many Muslims publically condemned the killing, from many sources, but somehow failed to get noticed by Walsh and the corporate war Press in America and Australia. Walsh missed Muslim Indonesian Minister Djoko Suyanto who said that ISIS posed a threat to the nation’s religious and cultural diversity. “The government rejects and bans the teachings of ISIS…” or maybe, the Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt’s most influential Muslim cleric, or the Arab League. Walsh even tripped past a Reuters story by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemning the “forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities, and provinces… These are acts that violate Islamic laws, Islamic conscience and leave but a negative image of Islam and Muslims.” Perhaps he just missed Imams on the BBC. Why, the good bigot, war criminal and scumbag Walsh, who pretends at being a “good” Christian, even missed Vatican Radio and the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, with his official statement denouncing the “forced deportation of Christians as a crime that cannot be tolerated.” Don’t hunt. I have all the links below. My question is, where the fuck is Israel’s condemnation for this act? Where are the Bolivians, Monrovians, Iowans, Eskimos, Japanese fishermen (and women)? Our friends the Fijians are suspiciously silent. Texas Governor Rick Perry has not publically condemned ISIS. Why, Rick? There has been a series of burglaries in Walsh’s faggy suburban community, yet Walsh is silent. Why has he not publically condemned them, and if he does now, is it only to deflect his possible part in these terrible crimes against good white people’s property? So why the fuck should “moderate” Muslims, whatever the fuck that means, be the parrots to “extremist” Christians like Walsh(unfounded blind universal angst and hate against a group is extreme? Or is it that the Western and American war-profiteering media and the hysteria generating rightwing is really only interested in endless war for oil, money, power, destabilization and hegemony as a means to a sultry end. The proof is below and all around you, unless you are just content to hate, and perpetuate this shit between religions. In which case you are a giant turd floating in our collective gene pool of evolution.

http://twocircles.net/2014aug19/indian_muslims_unequivocally_condemn_brutal_atrocities_isis.html#.U_XszE0g9Fo

http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/canada-decent-muslims-condemn-isis-savages/

http://news.yahoo.com/islamic-scholars-condemn-expulsion-iraqs-christian-brothers-120656878.html

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/25/worlds_muslim_leaders_condemn_attacks_on_iraqi_christians/1103410

http://news.sky.com/story/1298792/british-muslims-unite-to-condemn-evil-isis

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28270296

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/British-Muslims-Condemn-Barbarity-ISIS/story-22789193-detail/story.html

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-muslim-and-christian-groups-condemn-isis-as-anti-islam-2012168

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american-muslim-organizations-condemn-isis-murder-of-journalist-james-foley/0020275

http://rt.com/uk/181836-british-muslims-isis-foley/

http://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2014/08/iraq-syria-war-muslims-condemn-is-isis.html

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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At 11am Today: Bombing Iraq – Chat with Andy Thayer

We’re firing the show up a little earlier again today. When a force as powerful as Flabby Hoffman is barreling at you, you just step to the side and grab it like a train when rumbles by.

Catch us here from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on AM1680, Que4 Radio, que4.org.

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Tonight: IVAW on Revolution and Beer

IVAW Labor Day Cookout

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. CST on Chicago Cable Channel 19. Repeat: Wed. 2:30 p.m.

– What makes the IVAW different than most of the veterans organizations that has come before it?

– Why are the armed forces making reference to environmental disasters in their recruiting advertisements?

– What’s it like as a soldier to struggle with PTSD? How about a civilian caught in warfare?

– What does militarism at home and abroad mean?

These are just a few of the questions we’ll be answering on the next Revolution and Beer show. Joining us is Vincent Emanuele, member of the IVAW board of directors. We were very lucky to get a chance to sit down at The Elbo Room for this two-part series. A heartfelt thank you goes out again Robert Clack and Solfrid Migét for making this possible.

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21st Century American Militarism

21st Century American Militarism

Friday, August 2nd, 7:00pm @ The Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington, Chicago, IL

Our friends the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) sent along an invitation to attend this extremely timely and critical panel on US militarism in the 21st Century.

On Friday, August 2nd, a panel will discuss the context and consequences of our growing military presence and ongoing war theaters; along with how we can organize together to resist this violent and expensive trend. Panelists and attendees will consist of people who have experienced the chaos of it from all sides. Joining the panel will be:

  • Christian Parenti, writer of Tropic of Chaos
  • Historian and writer Nick Turse – author of “Kill Anything That Moves”
  • Michael Rakowitz
  • Suraia Suhar

Be a part of this dynamic discussion regarding the past decade and the future of militarism. Please share this invitation on. Full details below.

21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home
Friday, August 2nd, 7:00pm
@ The Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington

Featuring speakers: Nick Turse, Christian Parenti, Michael Rakowitz, Suraia Suhar

$10 Suggested Donation, no one turned away
Visit the Facebook event page here.

Visit the IVAW Event page here.

Event Endorsed By:

Afghans United for Justice, American Friends Service Committee, Anti-War Committee- Chicago, Catalyst Project, Center for Constitutional Rights, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Grey Panthers, Civilian Soldier Alliance, Four Star Anarchist Organization, Gay Liberation Network, Haymarket Press, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, Iraq and American Reconciliation Project, Labor Beat/Labor Express, Mental Health Movement, Military Law Task Force, National Nurses United, National Writers Union, Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice, Peace Action, Third Unitarian Church Social Action, UE- Western Region, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace- Chicago, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, War Resisters League-Chicago, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ

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Fellow Patriots …errr …Anarcho-WHAT?!

Adam Kokesh is a former marine, and an Iraq war veteran, who fought in the battle of Fellujah, in 2004. Since serving, he’s moved on to engage in several campaigns and stunts that have landed him on the edge of losing his honorable discharge classification from the military. In 2007, along with two other reservists, he participated in an anti-war march in his marine fatigues. This drew a harsh dressing-down from higher ups in the Corps. However it also lead to Kokesh getting a strong declaration of support from Gary Kurpius, the national commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, who issued a very stern critique of the at the Marine Corps for downgrading the discharge status of Adam and his two colleagues:

“I may disagree with the message . . . but I and my organization will always defend their right to say it.”

“VFW to Corps: Don’t stifle freedom of speech.”

Open Carry March on Washington, and “The Final American Revolution”

In late April of this year, Adam called for a spectacle that he deemed the Open Carry March on Washington. The purpose: to “put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny.

“The time to sit idly by has passed. To remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between the people, and the criminals in Washington, D.C. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance, it may already be too late.”

This all seemed a little hard to believe. He was telling folks to expect thousands. He even had Alex Jones call the Info Wars bullhorn for him. Is this really the first shot of a new “American Revolution?” They’ve been threatening to do this for a loooong time. As of yesterday, July 3rd, the Facebook page for the event had over 6,000 people declaring their plans to support and attend the Washington, DC march.

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So Turck decides to go:

On May 11th, WC Turck stated:

“This is not about gun banning, a fear of guns or an infringement on the Second Amendment, which very clearly describes a “well regulated militia.” The “regulated” word is critical to mature, rational and moral discussions about the place and importance of guns in contemporary American civil society. That discussion is important in stemming the bloodshed on America’s streets, but also important to people who wish to protect their families. However, the NRA and “gun pornographers,” as Turck describes them, have chosen to raise the rhetoric to a level of hysteria and paranoia. Rather than treating weapons as a tool, the NRA has promulgated them to a near religious fervor, and is forcing gun proliferation upon Americans everywhere in civil society.”

But then things got tricky:

“KOKESH: Please don’t come to Washington, D.C., this now an appeal to the state level and I think it’s much more appropriate given the gravity of the situation. We shouldn’t be begging the federal government to change, we shouldn’t be hoping that they respect our rights because it’s clear that they don’t.”

“And I can’t even, as the organizer of this event, be able to say that I’m going to be there. We can’t have this depend on any one person or even any central event.”

WE SPRUNG FOR A PLANE TICKET!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

Flying these days just never pays-off.

So Who Made It?

Well, we’ve got a damn fine story, but here’s a sneak peak for now:

Sun-burnt to hell, and looking like a raccoon, Turck set out on a mile and a half walk through the capitol of “the freest country in the world.” However, this morning it came off more like a military lock-down after a forced evacuation. It hit well over 90 degrees there today, and it wasn’t like he was just able to stroll down a sidewalk. Arriving at the planned location of the Washington D.C. (leg?) march at around 8:30 am.

He walked around the area for about an hour, spoke with some cops, and filmed some commentary. Around 9:30 or so, he returned to the Big stone bridge where it was meant to kick-off from. Then, guys began to trickle over the bridge a couple at a time to amass a crowd of… 5.

They greeted each other, and introduced themselves. Turck asked: “Are you guys here for the march?” “Yeah,” they replied. Then one of them asked “What are you here for?” To which Turck honestly replied: “I’m here in opposition to it.” They got into some banter on issues, arguing a bit before the conversation turned to the obvious question: “WTF?!?!”

Turck proposed, in honor of what Adam started, and what these guys believe in and endured to get there; that they walk across the bridge together as planned. In addition, after the “march,” he would record their views and post them unedited, and without editorial from us, on our page. They all decided to go for it. After the interviews, they walked and continued the conversation with him almost all the way back to the hotel.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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