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  • I am interested in reading about war and the experiences of the ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen (and women) during times of conflict. I have been fortunate to never have to be in an a active combat area myself, despite having served in the military. My closest call was in the time of the infamous Falklands war between Argentina and Britian, when Margaret Thatcher seized the opportunity to bolster her failing political kudos, regardless of casualties involved!

    I understand the menatality, the camaraderie of the militray, when you do what's needed for the other guy, knowing he's got your back too. I get that. I can even understand (if not fully agree with) the concept of 'following orders'. But there still seems to be something missing that I'm not getting. Is it a genetic thing? An Intellectual one? A moral one?

    Since the times of the great world wars, of Vietnam, etc., I simply cannot understand how anyone can fight in foreign fields for what I perceive as cowardly yellow "leaders" who 'lead' from thousands of miles behind the front line. Leaders who glibly and willingly throw away countless lives for political gain and corrupt reasons.

    I say all of this not wishing to offend nor slur the memory of those men and women who have laid down their lives, who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Not to ask the searching questions though, and blindly follow the herd is, in my opinion, as big an offence to the memory of our Hero's (and Heroine's) as simply going along with the flow and believing everything you are told.

    My own grandfather served in WW1 and my father and uncles in WW2. I salute and comend them for all that they did in those terrible times of course but, I don't believe we 'won' what we were told we did at the end of WW2. German fascists were defeated at that time but their ideology, their extreme right wing fascism lives on. What's worse is it lives on not as a tangible thing or place to see and identify, it lives on in the hearts and minds of people in too many places across the globe!

    We won a battle, but the war goes on.

    Then, decades after the conflict is over, we discover that certain western companies and financial institutions were complicit in bankrolling the early days of Hitler's empire. It beggars belief that whilst millions of young men and women were laying their life on the line to protect the sanctity of these cretins, they were trampling all over that sacrifice by paying to make the war a necessity in the first place!

    If you never believed in Evil, there is ample evidence for you to see!

    I am interested in reading about war and the experiences of the ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen (and women) during times of conflict but what I have learned most of all from all this reading is, quite simply, that we never learn and wars WILL go on, again and again and again.

    Not until we realise that the enemy is within, is amongst us, hiding in the shadows, manipulating economies, implementing oppressive laws whilst growing us in the manner of mushrooms, not until that becomes the realisation, the general knowledge (not belief but factual knowledge), will anything ever change.

    Fascism in National Socialist Germany was an 'in-your-face' public regime. Now, just like any cancer, it has learned, adapted, evolved. It is subtle, shadowy, appears chameleon like as it takes an increasingly firmer hold.

    A battle was won but the war goes on!
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