Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Grim Reaper
The poison seeps slowly into the future. No one notices. “The Obama administration,” the Wall Street Journal informs us, “plans to arm Italy’s fleet of Reaper drone aircraft, a move that could open the door for sales of advanced hunter-killer drone technology to other allies . . .” I can’t quite get beyond the name: Reaper drones?
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
The (Burn) Pits of Hell
This week’s NATO summit on the future of the war in Afghanistan probably did not get to the matter of burn pits or abandoned latrines.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Violence and Greeting Cards
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies . . .”
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Friday, April 27, 2012
States of Fear in a World of Injustice
This was the headline : “Zimmerman, Martin’s parents to face off in court.”
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
When We Grow Up, We Will Fall in Love with Earth
The AP story on military maneuvers in the Arctic reads like the gleeful report of a mugging.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Chemical Warfare: The US Military's Pill Addiction
To fight our insane wars, we’re wrecking our soldiers’ ability to live with themselves and function in society, then regulating what’s left of them with chemicals, which often make things immeasurably worse.
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Thursday, April 05, 2012
The Alchemy of Forgiveness
“Fifteen men beat us and raped us,” the young woman said. “I was 12. There was one man I knew. My uncle. That man I still see around — whenever I see him I feel afraid.”
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Finding the Wisdom We Need to Survive
I’m far more interested in forgiveness than justice. I say this just to calm myself down after a morning of media overkill, so to speak. There are so many murdered mothers and children in the news, some with names and faces, so many just adding anonymously to one death toll or another.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
War Crimes and the Mythology of 'Bad Apples'
So it turns out that mass-murder suspect Robert Bales once used a bad word in a Facebook conversation.
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Thursday, March 08, 2012
PTSD: A Cancer of the Spirit
Can we squeeze the glory out of the word “war”? Can we talk about savage irrationality and lifelong inner hell instead? Can we talk about the wreckage of two countries? Can we talk about spiritual cancer?
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