Above: Carson by his Madrid communist flag from CAC’s European trip
Above are a few of my past favorites: Alexis Stamp, Dana Huggins, Laura Richards, and Katie Short. In front of the students is Ken Roberts, head of CAC’s upper school.
During the spring term of 2003, a number of my students and colleagues took a trip to Europe while I was teaching at CAC; on this trip, the United States invaded Iraq launching protesters throughout the world, including myself. Much like a number of academics and liberals, I too opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq. I saw it as a smoke screen to deter the average American from the reality of the crisis. Moreover, I viewed it as an American attempt to display its might as a unilateral power by making a unilateral decision. Thus in many ways furthering the notion that this conflict was not ‘wholly’ about terrorism and America’s plight, but a point to the world that we are still fighting the Cold War; seeing through this smoke screen, Russia clearly became a much more aggressive actor. Putin’s might increased as he and the Russian state made note of America’s action.
In my “small” attempt at protesting America’s invasion of Iraq, I participated in a small march with the Madrid communists. Honestly, I did it so that I could blog about it six years later. They gave me a communist Madrid flag (see in top picture) to wave as I marched down the streets of Madrid displaying my anger at America’s actions. I will always recall seeing fleeing people escape angry protesters. My former colleague and dear friend Anita Davis (former CAC AP Calculus instructor) and I once had to run into a store just to survive an angry mob of protesters one night while perusing the streets of Madrid. Above you will notice a picture of me with two young ladies: One of those ladies is Amy Grooms, who was one of my favorite students; she married Jeff Grooms – who was my favorite student. I attended their wedding a couple of years ago and traveled to the University of Arkansas to watch Jeff get his degree in history; he is currently working on a PhD in European history at UA; it is a dream that we will one day work side by side on the same campus. I do suspect we will draft a few papers together in the future.