British Columbia, Canada
quote:Sitting up in Canada as a neighbour of the United States - this is what scares the hell out of me personally. I am not able to give an opinion one way or the other about the contents of this thread, as I have never been held captive, nor have I been a soldier in any war so my experience of wars is limited to what I feel. I do know one thing for sure, this war makes me feel sick. I am hoping others will be feeling just as sick too, and put an end to it, at least this war, this time. I wondered too, if Americans were worried about another draft? Then maybe just then, it would be enough to stop it?
Ron said: The worst pain can only come from those you loved and trusted.
The one thing that impresses me most about the States is the sincere patriotism display and talked about down there. I respect those who uphold it, and fight for the freedom I think of when I think United States of America. What happened in this war to the prisoners has happened over and over in many wars, and certainly it doesn't make it right. I can still hear some draft dodgers in my mom's kitchen telling us all of their encounters in Viet Nam, and I have to tell you that what I heard from those young men I never forgot. From that point on, I just assumed everyone lost their sanity somewhat in any war. It still doesn't make it right, but to me, I try to understand it and the circumstances. How can I possibly judge having not been there?
I came from Winnipeg, from a mainly Jewish community, and many of my friends were Jewish, so when I heard their stories those also made my stomach turn a bit. It amazed me but somehow they forgave the Germans, but as I was told, they will never forget they said. The look on the Gramma's face when this subject came up actually used to make me cry as a teen.
Sorry to intrude on the thread without the greatest knowledge on the subject, but I have so many feelings just reading what each of you write. I have to tell you I do pray for everyone, and all nationalities in any war, as I could be so wrong, but when a country's traditons, beliefs, and way of life is treatened, and they fight, I have to wonder who the villian really is? Throughout history wars have seemed necessary, but I guess I am a peacemaker at heart, and don't "get" world economics.
Does anybody take responsibility anymore, well I sure as hell hope so. The greatest thing about a democracy is you can vote! Peace!