Sunday, May 30, 2010

In Memory




All war must be just the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it.
- Mark Twain

21 comments:

  1. Just brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Another amazing posting, KB. Here's to all our veterans.

    I'm very conflicted about the military. I was a Navy brat, my dad a Chaplain, and I saw every side of war during the Viet Nam conflict (it was never a declared war) and it made me realize that unless the pursuit was noble it turned us all into savages, one way or another. There's a new documentary, "Severe Clear" http://severeclear.wordpress.com/, I want to see. From the snippet I saw I think it will mean more to me than any parade or ceremony.

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  3. A good blog ! A pleasure to read you.

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  4. A fitting quote and a glorious photo, KB.

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  5. Well said, MT. Anybody remember Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed"? Same (good) idea.

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  6. "I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
    ~Eve Merriam

    I've always liked that quote. It seemed a good day to share it.

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  7. Hi all; thank you for stopping by. And sharing other quotes too -- that's lovely.

    Nice to meet you, Marcel.

    Paula, that may partially explain your sensitive, insightful nature. The clip was so powerful; I'm going to have to see the whole thing.

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  8. Nicely done. Elegant and simple.

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  9. more Paula more

    That is sooooo interesting. Have you ever heard the military cadence songs from the VN war? or seen the paper targets sold at gun shows?

    Hi Hiker, don't mean to ignore you but I just got excited over P's comment

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  10. Hiker, I saw an interview with the film maker and he's a stand-up guy. He made it to help the rest of us - and our vets - understand what it's really like.

    PA, are you talking about Barbara G Walker's observations? (I think it was her) Maybe in one of her books? It was an eye opener and I hope they no longer use all that pornographic material. As for gun shows, I don't understand their premise. I keep telling myself to go to see for myself but I just can't.

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  11. History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes -- Mark Twain

    GG

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  12. Thank you KB and thank you Bayside for that fine quote. Paula, I'm on my way to your clip. My heart breaks for all those wives and mothers and precious children that grieve today over loved ones lost in war.

    v

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  13. So true. Senseless. All of it.

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  14. V, I saw the clip on Carson Daly and the clip and interview were more interesting than what you see in the trailer.

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  15. Lovely post, AH, and the comments are heartfelt, too. I think you make us all feel deep inside.

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  16. They serve that we might enjoy our freedom. Mark Twain did know how to turn a phrase.

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  17. I have written paragraphs, edited, cut, pasted, deleted, typed again and deleted again.

    Twain said it.

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  18. How apt that your photo features a mourning dove.

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  19. Did you hear the interview on KPCC with an expert on ants? Apparently, whenever a colony of ants has an excess of males with not enough work to do, they start a war. Just saying..

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