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Dorian de Wind is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer and former aerospace/defense executive. Dorian contributes opinion, travel and personal experience articles to several newspapers and blogs.

A native of Ecuador, Dorian was educated in The Netherlands and in the U.S. (Texas A&M, University, Math/Physics, Summa Cum Laude; Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MS Telecommunications; doctoral work in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma). His proudest awards and achievementa are the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal and having been responsible for the reception, welfare and resettlement of over 400 South Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. He has resided and worked extensively abroad and now lives in Austin, Texas.

Entries by Dorian de Wind

A 'Humane King's' Words Resonate Twenty Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:15 PM

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I have always liked and admired the late King Hussein of Jordan.

In my opinion, he was a kind, wise leader -- a haven of peace, reason and steadfastness in the always-troubled Middle East.

Thus I was not surprised to find very similar...

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Tonight We Are All Dutch

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The achievements of the Dutch people and the tragedies they have suffered have, at times, been disproportionate to the small population and the tiny size of this remarkable nation.

Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, "tiny Holland" -- the "Northern Low Countries" with less than 2 million people --...

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Dutch 'Zwarte Piet': Innocent Holiday Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:37 PM

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When I was a little kid ("little" being ages 10 through 17), I lived in the Netherlands Antilles and in the Netherlands. That was back in the '50s.

I remember Zwarte Piet, or "Black Pete," well.

I remember them (sometimes there...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars: 'Doing Good Things'

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 10:11 AM

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On previous Independence Days I have expressed my thoughts and feelings about the day's significance and meaning in different ways.

The thoughts and feelings that are most consistently expressed on this celebration of our nation's independence are freedom, justice, love of country --...

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World Cup 2014: Team USA, You Did Great. Tim Howard, You Were Awesome!

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:54 AM

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President Barack Obama and staff watch the U.S. soccer team vs Belgium in World Cup action in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Well, Team USA came a long way,...

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World Cup 2014: If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:01 AM

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The last time the United States played Belgium was in a friendly match last year when Belgium beat the U.S. 4-2.

Since then, Team USA has come a long way and will be facing "now-dangerous" Belgium Tuesday, this time in a World...

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Conservative Rage at Soccer and World Cup Is Nothing New

(90) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 8:30 PM

Many Americans were incredulous to hear Fox News' resident expert on psychiatry -- and on conspiracy theory -- Dr. Keith Ablow claim that President Obama is using the World Cup to distract Americans at "a time when there are so many national and international issues of such prominence."

But...

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North Korea Threatens 'Resolute and Merciless Response,' Even 'All Out War'

(71) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:50 PM

North Korea is threatening a "resolute and merciless" response against the United States, labeling it "reckless US provocative insanity" and saying it will consider it an "act of war."

Moreover, a statement attributed by North Korea's official news agency KCNA to an unidentified foreign ministry spokesman calls it "a...

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Kerry in Iraq: Four Interviews -- and Fox News, Too

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:28 PM

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During his recent travel to Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Erbil, Iraq, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government, where he met with senior officials, including President Barzani, and other Kurdish leaders and where he gave interviews to several...

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World Cup 2014 -- USA Ties Portugal 2-2: What Would Paul Have Done?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 7:00 PM

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When Portugal, on Sunday, scored the tying goal in the final seconds of the final minute of stoppage time at Arena Amazonia in hot and muggy Manaus, Brazil, the dreams of Americans who thought their team had all but won and...

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Looking Back on the 70th D-Day Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 6:55 PM

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The 70th anniversary of D-Day is now history -- and what a history!

But the deeds of its heroes, the images of the celebration and our reflections on that historic day linger on.

Here are a few.

As the commemorations were wrapping up...

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D-Day: France Remembers the Longest Day, Salutes its Liberators

(15) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:16 AM

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Soldiers wade ashore a Normandy beach during the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, off Omaha Beach, the battleship USS Texas -- part of what Gen. Dwight Eisenhower called...

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U.S. Military Hops on Climate Change Bandwagon

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Another bastion of liberalism, the U.S. military swears allegiance to the crazy climate change myth.

Commenting on a report published by the CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board -- a leading government-funded military research organization -- that finds that the "accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national...

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For Mother's Day Give Her One Rose, Very Carefully

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 12:13 PM

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Three years ago, for Mother's Day, I decided to surprise my wife with one beautiful red rose.

Only one rose, you ask.

Some will say "how romantic," others may say "how cheap."

Yes, only one, albeit this rose happened to be...

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My Friend Jack

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:46 PM

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Although I have known Jack -- Jack W. Robinson -- for more than 10 years, I have known him really well only for the last four years or so. The fact that I grew so fond of him in such a short...
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As the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Approaches, a Grateful Ally Remembers

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:09 PM

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While, politically, Franco-American relations have seen their ups and downs, the historical and cultural ties that bind the French and the American people are deep, solid and lasting -- congressional "freedom fries" and other silliness notwithstanding.

Recently, relations between France...

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The Holocaust: The Dutch Remember

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:59 PM

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Dutch Jews suffered immensely and disproportionately so under the Nazis in World War II.

Out of 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands at the outbreak of the war, some 107,000 Jews were deported to death camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau,...

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If She Steals Your Heart, Please Help Heal Her Heart

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 3:33 PM

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They come from all corners of the world.

At age 13, Kelly came from Nicaragua.

Three-year-old Frances came from Nigeria.

One young boy, Wahab, came from war-ravaged Iraq in 2008.

Five-year-old Wessale came from the Atlas Mountains in...

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FedEx: The Man, the Company, the Motto

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 8:05 PM

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When all the news is doom and gloom, as it is these days with respect to Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria and so many other places and faces, it does the heart good to read what I call a "good all-American success story."

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In Memory of a Man With a Big Heart

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:22 PM

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He lived for almost 59 years with his first heart, for nine years with the second one and for a full 15 years with his third heart.

But each heart was a Big Heart and with each heart Richard ("Dick") A....

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