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    The Other War? [ Thanks ,Dick, your accounting of WW2 has a personality that the documentaries and movies do not capture. The World at War series was good
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 8, 2012
      The Other War?

      [ Thanks ,Dick, your accounting of WW2 has a personality that the
      documentaries and movies do not capture. The "World at War" series was
      good as it used footage I had not seen, grainy old film that seemed very
      acurate. The men that served from this area were hailed as heros and my
      uncle was a Marine who lived above a service bar. There were war stories
      a plenty there . The Vets were a tough lot and intra service fights were
      often fought. The marines and Navy were always fighting. I knew many
      Army vets in the National Guard. By that time they were storied out and
      were eclipsed by the Korean conflict. The guys from that action still
      had their combat skills and training with them was a learning
      experience. I was in during Nam and that was a mess as no one really
      knew what we were doing there or why. Service personell were hated back
      then and wearing a uniform was often unpleasant. I begin to think of it
      as one war that just flares up over and over. It has certainly intruded
      in all our lives to a great extent. I will say they seem to be getting
      smaller but not shorter. The deployments here are so long that the
      soldiers come home senior citizens. They are very specialised and dog
      faces are rare. I helped induct the last of that sort for Nam. Most were
      simple guys that did not want to go. When they came home they were not
      heros, they were spat on and the places they hid out were bitter
      drinking holes full of desparate, sad men. It seems you were in one of
      those in between generations as you were too young to fight but alive
      enough to die. That it was a win or die situation makes it a desparate
      world that we have not seen since our civil war. You tried us on in 1812
      but no one had an army up to conquering a continent. The battle of New
      Orleans showed what a irregular force of game shots could accomplish
      against a regular Army. I can see the attempt to bring traditional war
      down to police actions with robots doing the killing and high
      intelligence levels cutting short terrorist and revolutionary uprisings.
      This could last for generations and the old freedoms will be eroded by
      surviellance of all sorts . I suppose it is a better trade off from
      wholesale bombing you experienced. Thats where I think your stories have
      effect. If the young can see what horrors they are avoiding it may be
      easier for them to abide with intrusions in their lives, the pat downs,
      the cameras, the fly overs. At least it is not raining death like you
      experienced when they bombed out your very home. Thanks , Bill ]

      I will not cut and paste any of your email, even though perhaps I ought
      to for brevity. So we will let it ride. As for physical wars then the
      only heroes are wives and mothers. It is easy to die but it is not so
      easy to live. As for the American Civil War then you and I know nothing
      about that, for we were not there. Reading isn't knowing. Nor do we
      know what was really going on behind the scenes of that one, and by who
      and why. There is more to it than bang bang. But not everything you
      read is wrong and even though it is not all there. But as for war there
      is greater war weapon than a million hydrogen bombs. I will tell you
      what it is in a short while.

      There is another war going on, and it is a much longer war than any
      physical war. About five or six thousand years I would say. But you
      cannot see that war lad, nor can you hear it or smell it or touch it.
      But it is there.

      You detest religions don't you. But not as much as I do. But who is
      behind them lad? You cannot kill them for they are already dead you see;
      they died a long time ago. No doubt of old age in comfortable
      surroundings. So, all that is left now is the virus which they sent out
      into the world and planted into the minds of people. So, how are you and
      your buddies going to fight that war sir Grim William? I know how.
      Yeah, I might well be from the generation in-between but I am also from
      the civilisations in-between. What would you do if you had the most
      powerful weapon in all existence Grim William? Would you use it on them?
      I would. I saw more than enough rivers of tears and mountains of pain; a
      long long time ago.

      Anyway, I will tell you in one word what the greatest weapon of all time
      is. – TRUTH. That is the only weapon which will kill the virus which
      plagues the minds of men. And your existentialist buddies do not know
      what that is. Very few people do. But I do. And I used it.

      When all the sweet talking is done, and when all the theories are
      theorised, and when all the prayers are prayed; you will find that is
      not enough to get the woman pregnant. Not does any of that drop the bomb
      of truth. I know well enough that you think what I have lived through is
      either a lie or a silly joke. I don't hold that against you lad. I
      don't hold it against anybody. But what I have lived through hands
      you a bomb. A virus killing bomb.

      So, I wish you and yours, and all your countrymen, and all men
      everywhere and every when, a merry Yuletide; and many more to come. It
      is the harvest gathering festival at the return of the sun. I gathered
      the harvest in a long long time ago. It is a bomb. A weapon of war
      against THE LIE. Yeah, I know a bit about mice and men. Unfortunately
      the bomb is a time bomb with a long fuse. So, I am not sure when it will
      go off. But go off IT WILL.

      I have intended going QRT for a long time now, but it never seemed to
      happen. But now is a good time. At the end of the year don't you
      think? So, nice chatting with you. But no more CQ's eh. I have done
      what I intended doing. So, don't look at the fairy atop of the Yule
      Tree and think of me. For I will be in the Ground. As for friends, well
      that's as maybe. But where were they when the shit was flying? Too
      late now.

      Dick Richardson

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