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Posted by lunatica in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Apr 11th 2010, 11:11 AM
reasons you have written so eloquently about in this post. There are plenty of cemeteries in this country dedicated to the fallen soldier as well as monuments erected to keep the memories of our wars alive. Every single last one of them is an attempt to heal something profoundly wounded in us. They are all reminders of the cost of war on regular people. The never ending price is death of citizens who didn't choose the wars, nor declare them, nor even contribute to the circumstances that caused them. Citizens who, if left alone to pursue their lives in the manner they saw fit would never kill another human being or even desire to do so.

Regarding the Civil War, the interred are overwhelmingly young men who were manipulated into fighting 'the enemy' through propaganda and who were considered expendable by an impossibly small number of people who were the real warmongers. What difference to the thousands of boys who died in the Civil War if rich landowners were to be deprived of their slaves or their wealth made by the imposed sacrifice of those same slaves? The overwhelming number of young men who died in the trenches had no wealth, owned no slaves and had no interest nor understanding of what they were fighting for outside of what they were told.

So putting up monuments and setting sacred land aside to bury them serves to keep the idea of honoring them alive only for those who still live. They are dead. They didn't get to live out their lives the way those who sent them to war did. They didn't get to contribute or grow old with their grandchildren at their knee, but still we go to war and still it is the regular young citizen who is sacrificed for whatever reasons the psychopaths in government see fit to choose as a 'patriotic' duty which they themselves aren't willing to do personally.

As a progressive I think the best way to honor all the fallen soldiers on every side of wars is for leaders to put as much effort into stopping wars as they put into starting them. I think that as long as our country sacrifices young people of every single generation we will never, ever heal that deep wound.

And for those who think war is natural to humanity I say try not going to war for 50 years and test that hypothesis. See if by not going to war it's possible for leaders to settle arguments when their recourses no longer include the lives of citizens who they can send to die at their whim.

The only good thing that came of that war was the abolition of slavery, which legacy is still tragically with us due to the direct result of the vengeful doings of the very same people who caused the war in the first place. Another legacy in the sacrifices and costs of the war. There is a direct connection between the disenfranchisement of the freed slaves with the problems we face today. There are those who pine for those good old days and who fly their flag to 'honor' their deluded ideas of a great past that never existed and there are those who they send to represent them in our Capital. It is shameful.
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