The all-volunteer military has created a gulf between US civilians and those who choose to serve. We ask veterans of different ages what it was like to come home… and how they want to be treated. For most Americans, is this holiday mainly a chance to go shopping? Also, a massive oil spill in the Black Sea, and "Chemical Ali" is among three former aides to Saddam Hussein convicted of mass murder. Why is the US delaying their executions?
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Three dead sailors and dozens of birds slicked with oil have washed ashore after a fierce storm in the Black Sea forced at least ten ships aground. An oil tanker split in half, and has spilled more than 1000 gallons of oil in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov between Ukraine and Russia. Dario Thuburn is in Port Kavkaz on the Russian side for Agence France-Presse.
Dario Thuburn, Reporter, Agence France-Presse
In the aftermath of September 11, President Bush told Americans to return to business as usual and go shopping. Today Americans have the day off to honor the veterans of past wars and those that are being fought now in Iraq and Afghanistan. But since establishment of the all-volunteer service, there’s a disconnect so great that, on Veterans' Day, many civilians don’t even know one. We talk to veterans about why they fight and what it’s like to come home. Should the dead and the wounded be treated as "victims" or heroes who suffered the consequences of their own choices? Is Veterans' Day more than another day to go shopping?
Frank Schaeffer, son of evangelical Francis Schaeffer
Phillip Carter, Center for a New American Security (@Carter_PE)
James Joyner, blogger, Outside the Beltway
Alex Horton, Senior Advisor, VoteVets.org
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has lashed out at American forces who are holding three high-ranking figures from Saddam Hussein's regime. All three have been sentenced to hang, and Maliki wants the sentences carried out. But others in his government object and the US says there should be consensus. Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," has been sentenced to die for murdering Kurdish civilians with poison gas, as have former defense chief Sultan Hashim and one other aide to Saddam Hussein. Bobby Caina Calvan is in Baghdad for the McClatchy Newspapers.
Bobby Caina Calvan, Reporter, McClatchy Newspapers