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A Matter Of Honor

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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?

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