We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
--myself, i can't let myself look at it that way. It's intolerable --it has to be quickly covered over with images of we the people in Smalltown, USA, going about the doings of normal traditional America. That other, that's a swollen boil that just needs lancing pretty quick.
--talked about below re Gen Puller, Peleliu, Chosin Reservoir. Could have mentioned Hue City. The renowned and celebrated Kubrick film of that battle, Full Metal Jacket fictionalized that battle based on a semi-autobiography written by a company commander in the 1st Marine Division, who some years later died from diabetes, alone, penniless, on a greek island, somewhere near the western warrior ethos birthplace at Thermopylae.
Brave, brave men. Sacrifice is very sad. We have Australian troops there as well, dying I hope for a good cause. Sadly our most recent deaths were fragged by their ANA trainees. I can't see how they can keep on doing that, the loss of trust is a game-changer.
Respect to all members of your armed forces this year, away from home.
That is beautiful music playing over the sad pictures of those heroes at the end. Does anyone know what it is, because Shazam sure doesn't.
James Dunn, Melbourne, Australia