Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day And All That

All morning I've been listening to fluffy little things and metrosexual guys who couldn't tell a canteen from a howitzer blathering about D-Day. The heroism and sacrifice of our troops isn't in question. No honor we might give them could be enough. The blather is about the whole war and its purpose, which said talking heads take for granted, and who wouldn't dream of questioning anything about it. Nobody seems to remember that the war rescued international communism and solidified Stalin's reign. Maybe you think that's a good thing, but you can't deny that it was a prime result of the war, and certainly the intention of many supporters of the war. Obviously, almost immediately after the war, we had to regroup to oppose the spread of communism, which was really feeling its oats after we'd bailed it out.

Despite all the war movies you've seen, our troops weren't fighting to free the French (their status being somewhere between alliance and occupation) or save the Brits, and certainly not to help Stalin enslave Eastern Europe. No, as Vulture of Critique says, they were fighting for one another, as armies have always fought.

It's ludicrous to imagine any of our troops caring about loyalty to the Commander-in-Chief. My Army hitch spanned two CinC's, Johnson and Nixon, and I never met anybody in the Army who gave a hoot about either one of them. Me, I voted for Wallace. And the thought of any American military being loyal to this Commander-in-Chief is beyond ludicrous. Regard for Obama and the inclination to do military service are about as mutually exclusive as any human motivations I can think of.

Vulture has more to say about loyalty to comrades, not just in the military, but also in social and political movements, particularly in regard to libertarians, here:

And if you want to know more about D-Day, Nicholas Stix will tell you plenty here:
Quibcag: The comrades-in-arms girls, I believe, are from Girls und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァーGāruzu ando Pantsā).

1 comment:

  1. "Nobody seems to remember that the war rescued international communism and solidified Stalin's reign. "

    And let's not forget that it also gave us a Federal Leviathan that threatens our liberties and even presumes to tell us how much water our toilets may contain.