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Tuesday, February 03, 2009


There are armies and there are armies

The U.S. armed forces are currently actively engaged in killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, at a minimum (on that last point, I wasn't aware of the scale of it until I read this: "Since last August, 38 suspected U.S. missile strikes have killed at least 132 people in Pakistan").

Then there are the Cuban armed forces, actively engaged in...saving people's lives:

During a work session held in the city of Santa Clara, the Central Army’s Military Council analyzed measures in place and new strategies to mitigate the devastating impact of hurricanes, along with the response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

They also analyzed ways to improve control, organization and discipline during the response and recovery phases.

The meeting was headed by Army Corps General and Vice President of the Armed Revolutionary Forces Joaquin Quintas Solá, and Division General and chief of the Central Army Raúl Rodriguez Lobaina.
No doubt the Cuban Armed Forces are ready, willing, and able to defend Cuba from any attack on the country. But while they're waiting for that hoped-never-to-be occurrence, they've got other things to do.

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