posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 10:28 AM
reply to post by MajorKarma
That was a pretty good post, and one that I agree with in the main. The only part I take issue with is the notion that Lincoln ordered his troops to
fire on fellow citizens. I don't know of any instance during the Civil War where that occurred, but it's entirely possible that it did happen at some
point - Lincoln was no saint.
In the war itself, soldiers from the USA were fighting foreign soldiers - soldiers of the CSA. They were not US soldiers, they belonged to an entirely
different country altogether, which separated and established itself with the secession and subsequent confederation of the seceeded states.
The US DID invade this foreign country, this country DID defend itself, and then was forcibly annexed into the US. There was military rule and martial
law for years after that annexation, which rule was never formally ended. I know these things because I formerly lived in Military District 2 of the
occupied territories. At present I believe I am in Military District 1 of the occupied territories. The civilian citizens of those territories
suffered egregiously at the hands of the US military immediately after the invasion (and for years afterwards), not just the CSA soldiers.
As far as I know, the former soldiers of the CSA were all disenfranchised, none ever repatriated, and none were ever extended citizenship in the US.
For example, former confederate soldiers were never allowed to vote in US elections or hold office in the occupied territories.
Something, perhaps, to keep in mind for the upcoming Civil War II.
ETA: The Emancipation Proclamation was Lincoln's attempt to write law for a foreign country, and held about as much legitimacy as Obama writing law
concerning muslims in France if he were to attempt such a thing.
edit on 2013/1/23 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)