I was never a POW but what about the next American War?

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Two things happened in the last few days. First, I was shopping at Wholefoods and while waiting in line to buy dinner, I saw the cover of a May 2014 Economist Magazine with an Eagle sitting on a desktop globe and the banner headline asked: What Would America Fight For? The question haunting its allies

Cover of Economist Magazine May or June 2014

In that cover piece, The Economist said, “A survey last autumn by the Pew Research Centre suggests that 52% (of Americans) want the United States to ‘mind its own business internationally’, the highest figure in five decades of polling.”

After reading that, I laughed and thought: Americans may not have any say about the next war just like they had no real say in Vietnam or the 2nd Iraq War because they were lied to.

That leads me to mention one of my favorite quotes from President Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people…

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2 responses to “I was never a POW but what about the next American War?”

  1. A cheery way to start the week.

    In line with “beat their swords into plowshares” (Isaiah 2:4) we must award Boeing agricultural contracts instead of weapons deals. We can find something else for them to do.

    THE RAILWAY MAN posts the extremes of reconciliation and suicide (after much suffering) as the outliers to PTSD. Films are not long enough to characterize the years of self recriminatory suffering and hatred that does not seem to end but only to corrode. Surely, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are both too pretty (though the war scenes were certainly not). Does the theme “love conquers all” actually ring true? Plenty of PTSD spouses might disagree.


    1. I think you are right about “Love conquers all”—NOT. The divorce rate of combat veterans is high and so is the suicide rate.

      “A new study by a Brigham Young University professor has found that combat veterans’ first marriages are 62 percent more likely to end in separation or divorce than other men’s, a fact he hopes will be considered by defense policy-makers.”


      The Railway Man was based on a true story so I think it was one of the exceptions. Maybe the fact that his wife was a nurse who had seen horrible things herself made the difference.

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