21511Re: Politics of war ( maybe a little off topic)
- Aug 5, 2000--- In email@example.com, grabrulee@a... wrote:
> Everything you say is absolutely correct. In the CSA the
> States did not pull together to give that "National Feeling"without
> nation cannot be a nation. The CSA was, in fact, eleven separateStates, each
> with its own agenda, leaving Jeff Davis (the only person as far asI
> who truely believed in the concept of the Confederacy) in the sameposition
> as a conductor with an orchestra of eleven different instrumentsall
> different tunes at the same time- and you think Clinton hasproblems???
> I was born in London only four years after WWII ended andalready, while
> I was growing up, my parents and their friends were bemoaning thefact that
> that "special" feel was being lost that had got Londoners throughthe dark
> days of the blitz, the "doodlebugs" , the V2 rockets, etc. All ofthat
> generation agree that without that feeling Hilter would haveacheived his
> goals.War, how
> If the CSA as a "nation" could not pull together at a time of
> could they ever have survived Peace? My contention is that theywere
> own Doom, even without a war. What would have arisen, however, inthat case
> would NOT have been the America we know today and for that you havethe
> Western Theatre to thank for bringing about an end to the war whenit did.
> If anyone thinks that Mankind ever learns anything, read thehistory of
> battles such as the two Bull Runs, Gettysburg, etc., of the EasternFront;
> then read the accounts of the battles fought in France during theGreat War -
> recognise any difference? I can't. It was not until some thinkinggenerals
> got to grips with things that WWI ever ended; exactly as happened50
> previously on the Western Front in the WBTS.Graham,
> OK, I'm climbing off my soapbox now.
> Graham Lee.
I would congratulate you on what I think a most astute
observation........Davis seemed to be the only one who truly
understood what was needed to forge the confederated states into a
nation.Frequently, his requests for men and material from the states
was met with self-intrest,or simply ignored.
As for your observations on WWI-again right on the
money.Adherence to outdated tactics,use of men more as cannon fodder
than a valuable resource(and I cite the fields of Flanders as a
perfect example for that),and the refusal to consider flexibility in
command decisions spelled doom for many many soldiers on both
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