This is a RANT
. I don't pretend it's anything but a rant and specifically, it's a rant directed at those at least 23 and above
Those younger, no offense meant, but you were all of maybe 10 or 11 years old when the Towers came down and the world as we all knew it changed
forever. Your memory of the United States of America when the Eagle was properly turned the OTHER direction is dim for first person, if at all, so
it's not about the younger generations.
(I can't imagine what it's been like to be an American and literally...No B.S...LITERALLY...Know nothing but a nation at war for one's entire clear
memory in life...in some ways, it's worse than having had peace and lost it, perhaps)
For the rest, I have one thing to say.
What the hell??? Shame On You!!
Vietnam was an ugly, UGLY, nasty snake pit and cess pool of a war in every sense and every way. I wasn't even born yet but I've read all a person can
reasonably do in the effort to understand it and understand a parent I didn't know a whole side of until finding some things after he passed. I know
more than I wished to about HOW bad that war got and insight into this one as well.
When troops came home...they got spit on, called baby killers and the rest. Things any American knows culturally, if not having lived the times. They
were treated with all the vile and PROPER hate the WAR
deserved. They got the crap...literally in some obscene cases....which should have gone
to Lyndon Johnson
and Tricky Dick Nixon
who would have had it across Cambodia and Laos with my father having gone back his 3rd and
likely last ever tour. He'd been in the San Diego 'vicinity' training to go back when Nixon went the other way.
The decision defined knowing him at all, in a way. Funny, as things go in life, such a critical aspect of mine was decided by political gamesmanship
and moves in the White House. but I digress.....
The 70's were spent, as a nation, trying to understand the fight for South Vietnam and Greater Asia. Movies like Apocalypse Now being a decent example
The 80's come into my own personal memory and are the time where I'd say America was moving beyond the open wounds of a 10 year nightmare Overseas.
People JUST STARTING to realize the troops weren't the ones to blame and in many ways, victims who'd suffer a lifetime for 12 months
hell. Many would never fully adjust and some...just became lost. 12 months...and it destroyed a generation of men to various degrees.
By the 90's the general feeling I'd say I got was that as a society we really were crappy to the guys and I saw Parades and other MUCH delayed
celebrations in honor of the Vets from time to time around the country. A way of doing a little something to make up for what was done to the kids
coming back so changed from a war they sure weren't asked their opinion of.
...That WAS something I heard in the 90's. Several times. I heard it again in 2001 and into 2002 at least. A collective
reminder that whatever happened and however things went, the troops were not the targets for blame. This is among things I recall both reading in
editorials in the paper and seeing on TV reports back then. Prescient as it turns out, but who could have known how clearly.
Troops...are NOT to blame from this war.
Any of the campaigns across that overall region that comprise it....or any that have been lost on U.S.
Soil in this fight (and damn anyone who doesn't like my saying the last part here, they deserve at least that much)
......Anymore than they were in 2001...when it's almost an understatement to say a majority were strongly saying troops and mission, support for one
need not be support for both and disagreement with the war was NOT hate for the MEN.
Have troops done bad crap? Hell yes. Have there been atrocities? On both sides. No question. There are convictions to show for it in those where proof
could be had and cells in Leavenworth have new occupants in some cases for a very long time. By the way...where are those Taliban and Al Qaeda
stockades or jails for their guys? Just a question that's always tickled me that no one asks... One side sees wrong what the other sees as fair
tactics might be a guess.
....And many of those who broke and crossed into that place where evil lives are as much victims as the rest....though victims who rightly sit
removed, in some cases, forever.
Ultimately and the purpose of this somewhat rambling rant is to remind at least those who were around and old enough to have heard, seen and felt the
sentiment back when it still seemed to mean something.
The WAR...Deserves our hate. The MEN who are RUNNING IT deserve our hate. Maybe that needs to even include SOME military up in those rarefied and
mysterious places Generals and others of Flag Rank exist.
The KIDS and the Young Men are NOT THE TARGET. They are the VICTIMS coming back hard, at BEST....shellshocked for MOST....and broken in
various ways for TOO DAMN MANY.
Nothing is gained by heaping it deeper on guys who probably agree after getting back, the war ain't the best idea since sliced bread these days, if it
ever was. Hell, they CAN'T agree even THAT far publicly though because even that much will be taken and run with in 10 different ways to make a
political mockery of the point by the end of it.
Remember how I started this and my opening words about Vietnam. 12 Months....destroyed a generation of men who rotated through that place across 10
years. Some went more. THIS war has plenty who have a few years of Combat deployments and some with a decade of it. Enough.....
..But..enough with not only sending more, but blaming those who come back. It's not right and some people ought to hang their head in utter shame for
some things about troops that have been said this time around.
(Hops off Soap Box and disappears off to get some school work done for a change)
Just remember, those troops are your neighbors, friends, family and spouses. Some you know all about..some, you only think you do sometimes..but
they're as much our fellow Americans coming back as they were when they left.
Never again. NEVER AGAIN
....never should they be treated like crap again. Let's live what sounds so decent. eh?.
9-10-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: minor correction.