About This “Alek”

Classical Rockstar
—–Call me Aleksandr. Like The Great (or Glorious, if you prefer).

I am a soldier.
A feminist.
And a philosopher geek (in the same way that one can be a ‘warrior poet’).

A 198cm (6’5ft) man, I was born to a family of Russian nobility and war-heroes. When the ‘Iron Curtain’ went down I received the rare opportunity to travel with the Peace Corps. I learned much about the world in those sojourns across the globe and because I never stayed in one place for too long, I like to think that I was never shaped (indoctrinated) by any one culture too much.
Later, I obtained my duel-citizenship with the USA and joined the army.
After that, I traveled some more on my own and created a self-defense business specifically in an effort to support and work with women help groups.

I am a geek (video games, movies, books and anything fictional/and/or bathed in ancient history).
A sportsman (combatives, parkour, mountain biking and avoiding the mall).
And a student of history, philosophy and a little something I like to call ‘the art of speechcraft’ (see Cicero and Mark Antony).

I am going to post whatever random thoughts strike my fancy (they will vary in gravity and importance).

If you have anything you want to tell me, leave a comment, facebook message or email communication here: sovereigndreams@gmail.com

Enjoy.

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Comments
  1. good luck with the bl0g dude. πŸ™‚

  2. Irina says:

    In reference to your article “The Blockade” as relayed to you by Elena (Peterson) O’Donoghue

    Hello Alek,

    My name is Irina and I am very much interested, if possible, to connect with Elena O’Donogue regarding her story. She states that Major-General Sergei Nikolaevich Wojciechowski is her Great-Great-Greatfather. I am, along with my siblings, his Grandchildren. Would love to hear from either you or Elena regarding the General.

    Thanks much.

    Irina

    • I am glad to hear that you and my mother connected successfully regarding our respective lineages. As I am sure she has told you, we have people pulling records from both the USSR archives and German POW libraries in search of more relevant information. πŸ™‚

  3. patricia says:

    found you by happenstance, alas 2 years late.

  4. Hannah says:

    Hello!
    I have an interest in learning about women in combat. I know that women have physical limitations, but I understand that you have encountered and served with women who were soldiers that experienced combat. Unless I misunderstood what you wrote in “Women of War and Science”, that is.
    The main concerns of women in combat as I understand are their physical weaknesses, that they might tempt or distract their male comrades, and that there is an issue of sanitation. However, in 2015 two American women qualified to become Army Rangers. Women distinguished themselves in World War II and in Israel women have proven to be an asset in some cases. So, there are conflicting opinions and conflicting facts on the capability of women in combat. What is your experience? Were any of those three concerns an issue for the women who served with you? Which roles are best for women in war?
    Thank you so much for your time and expertise!

    Hannah, a proud Israeli-American

    • Hello, Hannah.
      Thank you for your question.
      As far as I can see, the only ‘objections’ to women in combat are born entirely of sexism and bunk-science, in the same vain as the arguments against homosexuals or people of other ethnicities serving in mixed units were made when those were (still are?) prevalent issues. Women have no ‘weaknesses’ any more than men have ‘weaknesses’.
      I am a 6’5 hand-to-hand combatives instructor and my sweet sister can beat the shit out of me fair and square with the use of such no-nonsense equalizers as Krav Maga.
      Women ‘tempting’ men is bullshit. The military is an old boy’s club which effectively meant that rapist ideas such as that are common. Women are not the problem. MEN are. #NotAllMen. Just enough. Just enough to fuck things up. It is a perversion of honor, dignity, and basic universal rights when female soldiers have more to fear from their ‘comrades’ than they do from the fucking enemy. That was the only issue I encountered while serving — other men being fucking monsters and our superiors effectively cheering them on.
      I don’t even know what to say about ‘sanitation’. Nobody ever talks about restricting male service because of ‘sanitation’ even though men can be disgusting filth-covered pigs. Its nothing but sexist garbage.
      Russia, for example, relied heavily on female snipers during WWII to its advantage, putting forward ideas like ‘women are more resistant to cold’ and ‘women are more patient and calculating’ as reasons women make superior snipers. As soon as the war was won, women were ushered back into the kitchens. It seems as though ‘civilized’ countries only give women the freedom to serve when the nation’s existence is in peril — see Israel.
      Women are half the human population and yet these prejudices against them are more prevalent than racism against any one ethnicity. It is an outrage and a betrayal of reason and humanity itself.

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