What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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This is my kind of veteran:
I was at some gathering not long ago where they asked all the veterans to come forward and be acknowledged. My wife and kids urged me to go forward but I would not. I am not proud of travelling 10,000 miles from my home at the age of 19 to help kill people I didn’t know and with whom I had no argument for a cause I didn’t understand. The older I get and the closer to my day of reckoning the more I think of my foreign adventure as a reason for repentance than for pride. (via)
On a day when people claim to “honor” our troops, it’s refreshing to see at least one person who recognizes the great travesty war really is. It isn’t something to be celebrated or perpetuated, it’s something to be solemnly remembered and learned from.
But I fear that we haven’t learned anything from decades and centuries of war. Instead, we throw parades and glorify destruction.