First of all, there’s the Muslim that got killed in the battle. What I didn’t tell you is he didn’t die heroically fighting the enemy. It was a case of friendly fire. Another of Muhammad’s followers mistook him for the enemy and killed him, and this creates problems. The family of the slain man, under Muslim rules, has a claim to blood money. The slain man has a brother who lives in Mecca. Mecca at this time is pagan — the brother is pagan — but he comes to Muhammad’s camp, and he pretends that he’s converted to Islam. Muhammad thinks that the guy is playing by Muslim rules, and he makes arrangements for the guy to get the blood money. But when nobody is paying attention, the guy, who’s actually playing by pagan rules, kills the killer of his brother and absconds. He goes back to Mecca, extemporizing poetry about how now he’s through with being a Muslim and is going back to being a good old-fashioned pagan.
What a shame; that is why those who are causing the disruptions on campus are able to do the destruction they are inflicting. As an adult you need to learn to take control of your right to express yourself freely, to stand by your convictions, or to allow fascism to take hold. These “mobs” are denying others from the education they have paid dearly for by causing fear among the faculty and the rest of the student body. the colleges should be a place of free thought unhindered by the complaints of those seeking to limit the rights of others. T
he manner in which they have chosen express their unhappiness is not acceptable behavior in a civilized society.
Hurricane hunting began in 1943 when a brave United States Army Air Corps colonel made the first successful flight into the eye of a hurricane. As the Surprise Hurricane approached the Texas coast, Col. Joe Duckworth and a trusting navigator took off from Bryan Field, northwest of Houston, with the intention of flying into a hurricane and (hopefully!) returning. A seasoned pilot who was regarded as one of the best instrument fliers of his time, Duckworth made a bet with a group of British pilots that the combination of his navigation skills and the sturdiness of the AT-6 Texan would allow him to fly into the storm and return. The pilot and his navigator did indeed make the flight successfully and, upon arriving back at their home field, were met by the base’s weather officer, who, learning of the flight, wanted his turn to fly into a hurricane. The navigator got out of the plane, the weather officer got in, and Duckworth once again took off and for the second time that day pointed his AT-6 at the coming hurricane.