[Homestead] How to judge history, was Obama and religion
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Wed Apr 30 00:21:31 EDT 2008
Thank you Marie, I wish I could have expressed such so succinctly.
Civil Wars are unique because the vaniquished still lives among the
victors, and has no real voice to argue when the victor tells his story.
UNTIL, the vaniquished can gather in numbers large enough for their
voices to be heard.
Marie McHarry wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 8:43 PM, <Clansgian at wmconnect.com> wrote:
>>> And there we go again. Because you do not understand it, and because we
>>> disagree with the revisionist presentation of the story, we Southerners are
>>> carrying negative baggage.
> One of the reasons that the War Between the States still leads to
> exchanges like this thread is that it was fought on Southern soil.
> Hundreds of thousands of Northerners died but their farmsteads weren't
> burned out, their women and children killed or left to die without
> food or shelter, and their cities burned to the ground. People now
> living in the South still have living family memories of that horror.
> People in the North may know -- but probably have no clue -- that an
> ancestor fought in the war. If he died, he's even more likely to be
> forgotten. For them, the war is a long time ago and they wonder why
> anyone would still care.
> That's one of the lessons of war -- and a good reason that the
> ancients often razed the cities of their enemies, killed all the men,
> and either killed the women and children or sold them into slavery in
> distant foreign lands (no place close where they could get together
> and live to fight another day). And another thing, industrial powers
> fight wars of attrition (kill everyone and destroy everything until
> the other side totally gives up); the only effective defense from the
> less industrial country that's being invaded is, ta da,
> counterinsurgency. We should probably bear this in mind when we start
> wars that will inevitably have a lot of pulverized real estate and
> hundreds of thousands of what is now called collateral damage.
> PS: Even here in Illinois, only a few miles from where Lincoln spent
> most of his adult life, I learned in school that the War Between the
> States (that's what we called it in school) was an economic war, not
> one that was fought to end slavery. Amazing the things one can learn
> in school.
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