Let me say up front, I am a 100% disabled veteran, I was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. I have had over 17 back surgeries. I am and have been on narcotic painkillers for over 30 years. I have had both knee replaced, one of them twice. I suffer major depression and PTSD, so please understand this.
I know of no more honorable sacrifice than that of our military, the officers, the enlisted and the honor and history that each individual learns and lives. Their sweat and blood serve to protect over 300 million Americans. Once in the military you are changed and old lives never return.
I believe that no honor or service for our veterans is enough. The pay is too low, the working conditions can be the absolute worst and their families suffer from loneliness, worry and nagging fear an almost outside looking in presence. Many need assistance to house and feed their loved ones, while the wealthy are given the rewards of their sacrifice. The families and civilian supporters are invaluable to the military community.
I believe it is morally wrong to send them into harms way, while the rest of the country knows nothing of what they give. Wars and their effects are to best be shared by each and every citizen. They are not mere inconveniences to the economy or our gross national product. Too many Americans will so easily call for them to shed their blood while sacrificing too little in return, this is wrong morally and only weakens our national values.
We all must do a better job in recognizing that we cannot fight wars that only affect our men in uniform. Every civilian should be obligated to sacrifice more than just tax money.
History is confused and confounded with war. The victor writes the history that follows the outcome. This often done at the losers expense. War is mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible, it is a hideous deformed creature that only death can ride. I will run articles and opinions regarding the military and war.
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinean novelist, 1899 – 1986
‘The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb’
Neville Chamberlain, British conservative Prime Minister (1869 – 1940)
‘How terrible fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas mask here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing’
‘This morning I had another talk with the Germans Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it, as well as mine… We regard the agreement signed last night – and the Anglo – German naval agreement as a symbol of the desire of our two people’s never to go to war with one another again’
My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep’
Hiram Johnson, American all – party Senator (1866-1945
“First casualty when war comes is truth”
Carl Von Clausewitz Prussian soldier (1780-1831)
“War is nothing but the continuation of politics by other means”
Adolf Hitler, German Nazi Leader (1889-1945)
‘War is the father of all things’