A. Tvardovski, 1948
It dawns on me that I had been writing these traditional articles for at least 6 years or so with not that many comments. I think that one of the reasons for lack thereof is the general consideration that the topic is irrelevant to the current events. It is 21st Century after all; nuclear era, aerial bombardments, drones, climate changes, atrocities and shocks and awes" WWII is now something which happened so long ago. Ok, we all recognize the Jews and their suffering, we adopted them into out framework of the "overwhelming love', we have the State of Israel for which we pay and we have all those Holocaust museums; what else do you want? Who cares about who won that war? We here in the US and Western civilization once and for all consider that wars are bad anyway. As such in that war we reluctantly had to engage our German brethren gone awry, reluctantly had to bomb their cities to oblivion, reluctantly but firmly had to show our Japanese competitors (that's the word- MS) that we could annihilate two of their cities in one second and then we got the GI Bill for it which helped us build a middle class, the cornerstone of our current existence. So we won, OK? If you, Mark Sashine somehow disagree with that, we here in this free country can tolerate your opinion but it is only an opinion and as such I love you, you love me- let's go have a beer and forget about all those things. There are people in this country who know better, all those historians and 99% of them in unison proclaim that we won that war because we were the best, the freest and the most democratic people. Our German brothers are now our friends and that is how it is supposed to be. Eat your checkers, Mr. Sashine.
How about I follow this route and write something as follows:
(it is actually a part of my real opinion, sorry- MS)
".. It is unbelievable that right now, in the 21st Century we still have all those US Southerners whining about the "Northern Invasion' of 1861. It had been defined, lock, stock and barrel by numerous authoritative historians that the Southern rebellion was the doomed one- it was against the times. It was against the free market, the competition (in that case free trade of cotton), against the associated necessity of the dynamic and reasonably educated workforce ( slavery was not just immoral; it was outdated), that the pig- headedness of the Southern leadership was not only the cause of the war but also the cause of the defeat, that usage of the Constitutional framework to instill the slavery cause as Southerners did, buried them alive and that the only people to blame for the devastation of the South are Jefferson Davis and his cronies. Lincoln and his people maybe were not that gentlemanly but they surely were smarter, more educated, more patriotic and just better as people than the folks in Richmond and yes, the Colorado miners and Irish conscripts were better people than Georgia aristocrats and Texas rowdy cowboys. Sorry, folks, eat your checkers and lower your stupid Confederate pieces of cloth- you only have to blame your ancestors for what happened"'
How about them apples? Anything wrong in my diatribe above?