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analog wrote:I think that remembering the little kindnesses done by GI's ought to be part of our memorial day tradition. I am moved by stories like "Operation Little Vittles" during Berlin Airlift, where the cargo pilots tossed tiny parachutes loaded with chewing gum out their airplane windows to the German kids lined up at the runway fences.
My son-in-law, just back from Afghanistan, reports there's a lot of good happening there.
We're de-mining large areas, building roads & schools, and women no longer have to wear a tent to go outdoors.
“In the spring of 1945, around the world, the sight of a twelve-man squad of teenage boys, armed and in uniform, brought terror to people's hearts. Whether it was a Red Army squad in Berlin, Leipzig, or Warsaw, a German squad in Holland, or a Japanese squad in Manila, or Beijing, that squad meant rape, pillage, looting, wanton destruction, senseless killing. But there was an exception: a squad of GIs, a sight that brought the biggest smiles you ever saw to people and joy to their hearts.”
"Around the world this was true, even in Germany, even -- after September 1945— in Japan. This was because GIs meant cigarettes, C-rations, and freedom. America had sent the best of her young men around the world, not to conquer but to liberate, not to terrorize but to help. This was a great moment in our history.”
“But slowly, surely, the spirit of those GIs handing out candy and helping bring democracy to their former enemies spread, and today it is the democracies—not the totalitarians—who are on the march. Today, one can again believe in progress, as thing are getting better. This is thanks to the GIs—along with the millions of others who helped liberate Germany and Japan from their evil rulers, then stood up to Stalin and his successors. That generation has done more to spread freedom—and prosperity—around the globe than any previous generation.”
piqaboo wrote:and no one wants to see that.
barfle wrote:If Senator Murtha's story is true, the guilty deserve punishment. I doubt that he wants to see that.
Haggis@wk wrote:His accusal was based on the news reports. They've all been exonerated and/or cleared. He's never apologized. He is a despicable human being and I would tell him that to his face.
"All the information I get, it comes from the commanders, it comes from people who know what they are talking about."
barfle wrote:Haggis@wk wrote:His accusal was based on the news reports. They've all been exonerated and/or cleared. He's never apologized. He is a despicable human being and I would tell him that to his face.
From the article:"All the information I get, it comes from the commanders, it comes from people who know what they are talking about."
He's in the Senate. Of course he is a despicable human being.
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