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Monday, May 25. 2020
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Raygunny Ronnie didn't keep faith with the Marines murdered in Lebanon in 1983.
Never during his term did he avenge them but he did make alliance with the murderers.
You don't know how much it pains me to have to agree with you.
For my American friends and neighbours:
The two of you took the trouble to leave slimy comments on Memorial Day?
Whoops, now I know why I recognized the name -- I just noticed the date of his comment, 2009. So, BD reposted a 4-year-old post with only two comments in it, both derogatory?
TC - She was pretty damn good! Thanks for the thought from our good neighbor to the north.
Don - I had the same thought you did -- two of the site's biggest trolls suddenly show up on the same day? Like you, foolish me thought this was an original post, not some retread that includes only two comments, both negative. Not a very classy move.
Canuckles - I'm not much into violin, but that was fun.
She also inadvertently made a good point. She was also thanking our current fighting forces, which isn't what Memorial Day is for; that's Veteran's Day.
Except that honoring our current men and women in service was deemed too imperialistic by our liberal Congress and Veteran's Day doesn't exist anymore. Therefore, as she indicated, Memorial Day is the only day we have to honor both the fallen and the living.
First time I've heard such a rendition. It has a haunting quality to it...very apropos. And, yes, she is talented.
TC (The Canuck)
With all the strife in the world, I find our "Defenders Of Liberty" should be honoured every day...not just one. And to those "elected" who dishonour...well...
You make a great point in Paragraph 3 of your comment.
God bless all our troops - those who are gone and those who are still with us.
God, I miss Reagan!
Facts are chokin yall.
Me thinks, I will enjoy a Polish (maybe more) and remember, specifically some of the lads that did not make it back from Vietnam.
By the bye, Veterans Day is Monday, November 11 this year.
I was in the infantry in Viet Nam in 1968-69 and I stand by my comment. Posting some liberal b.s. on Memorial Day is low class.
That perhaps, explains yall's mastery of the terms loser and gay bash.
Meself responded on topic to post 'membering the folks murdered by jihadi's in Lebanon in 1983.
Try it sometime.
However, yall have a grand memorial and be glad yall may.
--roger that. Just reading those lines and remembering.
LORD have mercy, whilest this day to remember our war dead,
Confederate and yankee, it be but slight over sight me missed yall's yankee browneye mastery of language.
Try to stay on topic.
Are you sure about that? If memory serves Super Entards(sic) off a French ship bombed Hezbollah's HQ in the Bekka Valley, with US tactical support, including Navy Seal recon and survellience, as well as standby search and rescue. It was a stunning feat of flying by the French.
I recently participated in a genealogical project that involved the digitization and preservation of some WWII material. One article was about a local man who had survived the Bataan Death March, only to die when the unmarked transport ship carrying POWs was torpedoed by the USAF, in the China Sea. The young man who assisted me in on this project was in his mid 30s to mid 40s; he didn't know about the Bataan Death March.
I was quite taken aback. I thought, if you don't know about Bataan or about the millions of civilians, including women and children, and POWs that were tortured, starved and died at the hands of the Japanese, you don't understand the role it played in the decision to drop the Bomb. It was this and the well founded fear that the Japanese would kill all their remaining POWs as they retreated.
My family lost an uncle during the retreat down the Bataan Peninsula, probably during the last week of March ,'42; Dad made it through. A family friend's uncle flew a P-26 until shot down, was a temporary guerilla with Filipino resistance fighters until captured and spent the rest of the war in POW camp. His wife heard the gunfire at Surigao Strait.
The decision to use atomic weapons was not about retaliation, it was to hurry the end of the war before the need for an invasion, where Allied and Japanese losses would have been catastrophic. Fears about Japanese murdering POWs were were founded, and, as is rarely noted, Chinese KIA averaged 200,000 per month over the course of the war.
The A-Bombs were on the upper end of the destructive scale, there were several firebomb raids that were worse. The bombs should be considered as part of the B-29 firebomb attacks that had been ongoing for months.
Although the post-war US Strategic Bombing Survey concluded that the Japanese would have surrendered before the invasion would have been necessary, use of the bombs was a moral necessity under just-war theory.
Agreed, I overstated my point. To clarify, revenge or awareness that the Japanese were burning POWs alive was not the primary reason for the decision to drop the bomb.
My father-in-law was on Okinawa, I am familiar with the calculations.
A point lost on many is that the Japanese didn't surrender till after the SECOND A-bomb. In other words, they didn't seem convinced that the first bomb was devistating enough to throw in the towel.
Something else was that there were very few Japanese POWs. Most fraught to the death and calculations for an eventual invasion came out very expensive on both sides.
SHOWA : CHRONICLES OF A FALLEN GOD: The fall of Hirohito
A discussion of Hirohito's culpability and an insight into the political intrigue surrounding the surrender.