Thanks Bridgier. Since I graduated from my war (class of 66), I have come to believe that the word hero is far too casually bandied about by and for anyone that wraps themselves in the flag and puts on a uniform.
More times than not Victim is more correct. Victim and Cannon fodder also applies to uneducated young men that have not had the time or education to make a moral or political decision on their own.
Young men fight and die for the causes of old men. Many times these causes are driven by political gain and greed They don't realize that "pinpoint accuracy" involves anyone that is in the way. "Winning hearts and minds" was the propaganda for Vietnam. The Hero's welcome is nothing like the cover of LooK Magazine on V E Day. The smell of death is the same, by gas, bullet or flame. The images don't disappear and the services don't get better. In Miles City, you have seen the VA go from full service to out patient, run by PA's and a doctor that is there from time to time. When I moved back home to Denver I found that there is a five year wait to get into my local clinic. I have to go across town and take a number at the main facility. What will be left for our current batch of
In every metropolitan city in America you can't drive from point a to point b without being on camera. Our conversations are not private. Even this posting is probably under scrutiny. This, of course, is all for our protection. Homeland Security my bleeding ass.
The saddest part of this for me is watching President Obama becoming just another politician. Junior's administration made me realise that my toying with socialism needed to transform into an ideal. Obama gave me a brief glimpse of hope then, the veil of politics turned that hope into darkness as we continued to be the aggressor in one country after the other. We all must realise, this can't end well.
The Administration and those who pay for it have taken on a life of its own. It is on a greedy, power hungry, downhill roll and the brakes are out.
There is far too much open country for a Che and far too many idiots for a Ghandi so I guess the only answer is ????????????