This weekend the news is all consuming about the of a man that many are hailing as a hero. Following my mother’s dictum about not speaking ill of the dead, I’ll move on to the date in history that every year somehow seems to become less and less important.
It’s passing strange that we in the United States are supposed to feel some sort of guilt for using Atomic Bombs to end the War with Japan in 1945. Yet, the Japanese are not supposed to feel guilty for starting that war in 1937 and slaughtering untold numbers of Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Filipinos, and Pacific Islanders. Nor are they supposed to feel guilty for waging war against the United States, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, and other European nations. War is war, and no nation is completely guilt free. That being said, if we were to total up the number of war crimes, atrocities, and illegal actions by nation, I’d be willing to bet that the more free the people of a nation are, the less likely their soldiers are to commit those acts. Those nations are far more likely to hold their military personnel accountable for them as well.
I’m not much for the current fad of blaming America for the ills of the world. We have a guy in the White House who seems to have take the lead in that department.
The picture below is a far better testament to the spirit of not only the American military, but the American people.
Despite what the critics have said, America, often through it’s Armed Forces, has freed more people from oppression than any other nation in history.