6.4-War in Iraq

May 16, 2008

After the attacks of September 11, President George W. Bush declared a sweeping war on terror. Many Americans agreed with this as national pride and patriotism rose sky high. At first, American soldiers invaded Afghanistan. However, the attention quickly turned to the other major campaign, Iraq. After having failed to cooperate with the weapons inspectors of the U.N, Saddam Hussein brought suspicion upon himself. This led the United States government to believe that Iraq was supplying Al-Qaeda, the group responsible for 9-11, with weapons of mass destruction. The invasion was a quick success. On April 9, 2003, Baghdad fell to the victorious Americans. About one month later, President Bush declared that all major combat operations had ceded. This was just a false saying though for as of today, numerous American troops are still stuck in combat. Ironically, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found, leaving Bush stumbling upon justifications for his actions. 

 

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#5-Picture 5

May 16, 2008

This picture obviously has nothing to do with history. The school year is over! It is finally finished and I am counting down the days until i go home to Miami, to reunite with my family and friends. IMG has taught me so many things, even though I personally dislike it. I’m coming back next year which means I have to enjoy my summer to the maximum, for I shall suffer here next year. As for your class Mr.Kennedy, it has been interesting and rewarding in more ways than academics. History is something exiting that we however can’t always trust. History is always written by the winners and is therefore altered at times. So the year is finished, and I have to say that I am extremely proud of myself for not starving to death because of cafeteria food…see you next year. 

 

#4-Picture 4

May 16, 2008

The 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico City beat out hosting competition from famous cities as Lyon in France, Detroit in the U.S, and Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was, however, not remember for the right positive reasons. The games were preceded by the Tlatelolco Massacre, which was a massacre of more then a hundred students by security forces before the opening day. The 200 to 300 deaths caused political unrest for years to come in Mexico. As for the picture, the gold medalist is Tommie Smith. Tommie Smith was a wide receiver in football and won the gold medal for the 200 meter dash. Peter Norman is the record holder for the 200 meter dash in Australia. He won the silver medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics. The bronze medalist was also an American, and also a former football player. 

 

#3-Picture 3

May 16, 2008

This is a striking picture for not only Americans, but for people all around the world. November 22, 1963. This is a date that will be remembered in the eyes and hearts of many as a day that a true peace keeper, and one of the only good presidents we have ever had, (yes, George W. Bush isn’t one of them), passed away. President Kennedy wanted to completely annihilate the CIA. He believed that it did more bad than good, that it had too much power, and that it should therefore be shut down. He was also on the verge of taking out all the troops from the Vietnam War. This would of saved millions of American soldiers. He was however shot, straight in the head, as we can see in the snapshot of the event. First, he was shot in the neck raising his arms high. Then in the back, and finally in the front of the head. In the picture, we can see the final shot has taken place and his wife is panicking, along with the people watching that are ducking and hiding. 

 

#2-Picture 2

May 16, 2008

Elizabeth Eckford is an extremely iconic woman for the fight for Civil Rights in America. Elizabeth is one of the African American students known as the Little Rock Nine. On September 4 1957, as the picture depicts, she and eight African American students tried to enter Little Rock Central High School. Little Rock Central was at the time a school that only accepted white attendees. As they got to the door they were stopped by National Guards of Arkansas. The Little Rock Nine attempted to get into the school again but they failed once more. As a result, the current President Eisenhower, sent troops the next day to accompany the now famous Little Rock Nine to school. There is one sight of irony in the picture and that’s the girl shouting in the back round. It is said that later she worked with Elizabeth Eckford to promote racial harmony. 

 

#1-Picture 1

May 16, 2008

This picture, in my opinion of course, is pretty ironic. In the back round we see one of America’s biggest and most valued prides, the U.S Capitol building found in Washington D.C. The Capitol serves as the seat of the government for the United States congress, and the legislative branch of the U.S federal government. It also tends to exemplify freedom in the eyes of many people, with the statue on the top of the dome being called the Statue of Freedom. The foreground of the picture is a clear example of the American ghetto. The ghetto and the Capitol make a strange mix, creating the irony. It also shows how in America, or anywhere actually, the poor and discriminated is never too far from the rich and glamorous. Poverty is found everywhere, even in the capital of the United States. 

 

#5-Picture 5

May 3, 2008

This is an inspiring picture of our planet earth. Taken from space, we can see its beauty shining with massive amounts of colors such as blue, green, brown, and white. The ocean is a mysterious dark blue. However, close to the coast we can see a baby blue color illuminated by what is most likely the shallow waters. We can also see our fair state of Florida. I’ve lived in Florida, more precisely Miami, for 10 years and seeing it this way makes me, for some unknown reason, very proud. We can see how green it is, along with the east coast of the United States, compared to central and western Unites States. Brazil is also extremely green while the top part of Africa, which is the Sahara desert, shines a complete light brown color. The clouds are numerous, especially over the North and South poles. Last but not least, I can see my country of birth, the great France. 

 

 

#4-Picture 4

May 1, 2008

I personally think this picture is awesome. The “win win win” sign exemplifies how much you won on paying gas back then. The price was so cheap!! Judging by the red car this must of been around the 1980’s. Gas prices are now around $3.15, which is more than 3 times as much as it was back then. In the back round of the picture we can see a policeman and his car, probably just there randomly, helping traffic. Also, we can tell by the surroundings that this either in a small town or next to the highway. This can affect the price of the gas. Exxon is the company that is providing the oil and that makes this picture seem a whole lot different. They are known for being cruel and harsh to the environment. In this situation, the police car might be there to stop angry protesters against Exxon, which at that time, had a huge oil spill which dropped 11 million gallons into the ocean.

 

 

#3-Post 3

April 30, 2008

This is a pretty interesting picture. The has to be in a time of social and political decline, probably during the Vietnam War. By looking at the people around the body we can conclude that they are students from college. During the Vietnamese era, students of Kentucky State were killed by guardsmen who were being thrown rocks at and verbally taunted. Honestly, I don’t know if this is a picture from that horrible event. If it is, that would explain the back round which looks like a big school campus. Also, in the Kentucky State event, I believe the students were shot when they encountered a hill. We can see a small hill in the back. What I can’t understand though is the reaction of the other students. One of them seems sad, most likely a friend of the deceased, while the others are either looking somewhere else or just plainly ignoring the dead student. If you ask me, that’s not normal behavior. 

 

 

 

 

#2-Picture 2

April 28, 2008

This is without a doubt a picture relating to discrimination and the civil rights movement. During that time, African Americans had to leave the seats in the front to the whites and sit in the back of the buses. In this picture, we can see the woman is not following that rule and standing up for herself. This civil rights activist is most likely Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks became famous as she refused to give up her seat when the driver asked her to do so. As a result, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began, and it later became one of the largest, most influential movements against racial segregation. Also, her refusal led Martin Luther King to start becoming the rising leader in the civil rights movement. In this specific picture, there is no one on the bus and she therefore has the right to sit in the front. She looks confident and self righteous, as if she is standing up for a cause already.