What’s Judith Sanders Up To?

I know I’ve promised a sequel to Crescent Veil and believe me, the concepts are there and the prose is in the making.  But, it has slowed down while I finish a new collaborative project related to the human side of men in war.  Why such a diversion?  I can offer a few simple reasons.  First, I think the cost of war in human life still gnaws at me and I feel that not enough has been done to stop this (especially based on campaign promises).  Second, while our family has yet to experience what so many others have in the loss of a child in these wars, with the current economic hardships in the US our family has seen several of its young men “enlist” in the military and those young men are or will soon be in harm’s way.

I can’t tell you the plot right now, but I know you’ll look at war a little differently and maybe want to do something about it yourself when you read it.  I will tell you that my new style (I’m trying first person perspective) has invoked emotional responses in my test readers (family members) that tell me I’m on the right track.  I will end by saying that my other book, Diamond Island (a story of the struggle of a woman to express her talents in a very liberal and broad adult interpretation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), is ready for agents (putting the final touches on the query letter) and I hope to return to LD50 (the Crescent Veil sequel) soon.  Read On.

New Readings: Tony Blair’s “A Journey: My Political Life”

This book looks to be a must read to get a glimpse of the British perspective on 9/11, the war in Iraq, al Qaeda, and WMDs.  I say that because of Blair’s interview with CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer a few days back.  In the interview Blair staunchly defended the decision to enter Iraq for two reasons: first, 9/11 changed the game in terms of the US/British perspective on tolerance for countries and terrorists supporting WMDs and second, that Saddam Hussein had the knowledge, people, intent, history of use of chemical weapons, and was about to restore the means (through oil sales) to be able to export the Iraqi developments in WMDs.

It’s then logical (at least to me) that if you accept that Saddam needed to be eliminated from power and Iraq’s military/industrial complex needed to be crippled, then you end up having to also commit to rebuilding the country afterwards in order to preserve stability in the region.  So, what’s debatable then is whether the cost of what unfolded in economic terms (and the US government taking its eye off the economy at home) and human terms was ever really anticipated and ever really justified.

What’s really interesting about the interview (and I hope the book) is that Blair admits the intelligence failures about Iraq’s “first strike” (my term not his) readiness to use stockpiles of WMDs that were never found after the 2003 invasion.  Yet he defends the coalition’s actions based on the factors above, regardless of Iraq’s WMD readiness.

More of a review once I’ve read the book. And if any of you want to post something about the book after you read it, let me know what you’re thinking.