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#217018 - 03/19/12 08:21 PM The Military Mentality
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I have come upon some information that re-confirms my disgust at the human race, particularly the European and Western branches of it -- and very particularly the American variety.
Last Day of World War One
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One historian estimates that over 11,000 soldiers on all sides were killed, wounded or were missing on the final day of the war.
This is a higher figure than D-Day when the allies were fighting a just cause, to liberate Europe from the Nazis, as opposed to the final day of World War One, when the war was over. How could killing on this scale ever be justified?
Yes, that's right!! On the morning when World War One ended, Nov. 11, 1918 --just before 11AM, the Armistice having been signed at 5AM-- thousands of soldiers were needlessly slaughtered! That is what military leaders are like! If anyone deserved to be roasted in the Fires of Hell, those "decorated officers and commanders" deserve to be! Many wanted one more decoration for their record. One general sacrificed hundreds of his soldiers because the town he captured that morning had bathing facilities! Another was the murderer of his men because he wanted a photo opportunity pretending to cross a river! Hundreds of American negro soldiers, hitherto never used at the front, were driven into machine gun fire that morning -- one way to get rid of them, I suppose.

And then there is this, on Wikipedia, about a future US President, Harry Truman. He wrote a letter to his future wife that morning.
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On November 11, 1918 his artillery unit fired some of the last shots of World War I into German positions after the armistice was signed at 5 am, but before the ceasefire took effect at 11 am. In a letter he wrote, "It is a shame we can't go in and devastate Germany and cut off a few of the German kids' hands and feet and scalp a few of their old men."
Emphasis added.
Young Harry just couldn't get enough of killing people when it was no longer necessary!!
Perhaps I understand better his monstrous decision to atom bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Edited by numan (03/19/12 08:59 PM)
Edit Reason: neutrality
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#217099 - 03/20/12 08:18 AM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: numan]
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HST also liberally sprinkled his exchanges with his future wife with racist comments. Letters reveal this and can be found in reading "Truman" by David McCullough. Where Truman grew up was Southern in sentiment. He was exposed to that racial attitude at an early age.

I do not subscribe to the revisionist view of the use of the A bomb. Maybe Dresden would be a better example?
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#217201 - 03/20/12 09:02 PM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: keysersoze]
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There are cases almost beyond number of brutality and needless killing by almost every nation that has ever existed. Before nations there were atrocities by the city states, villages, tribes, and wandering bands. There is little point in picking any single day out or any nation out as the worst. Unless you are fanatically anti American.
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#217206 - 03/20/12 09:16 PM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: Greger]
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Originally Posted By: Greger
There are cases almost beyond number of brutality and needless killing by almost every nation that has ever existed. Before nations there were atrocities by the city states, villages, tribes, and wandering bands. There is little point in picking any single day out or any nation out as the worst. Unless you are fanatically anti American.

Say, I just came over from the If you're homophobic, you're probably gay thread and I'm thinking that there is a corollary for If you are fanatically anti-American, you're probably ... gee, what would the just right word be?
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#217284 - 03/21/12 01:23 PM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: Greger]
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Originally Posted By: Greger
There are cases almost beyond number of brutality and needless killing by almost every nation that has ever existed....There is little point in picking any single day out or any nation out as the worst.

Sez you.
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#217285 - 03/21/12 01:27 PM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: numan]
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World War I: Wasted Lives on Armistice Day

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The enclosed letter had been written to Fuller by George K. Livermore, former operations officer of the 167th Field Artillery Brigade of the black 92nd Division, stating that that force had been engaged since 5 a.m. on November 11 and had been ordered to launch its final charge at 10:30 a.m. Livermore lamented 'the little crosses over the graves of the colored lads who died a useless death on that November morning.' He further described the loss of U.S. Marines killed crossing the Meuse River in the final hours as 'frightful.'....
The generals left in that limbo fell roughly into two categories: ambitious careerists who saw a fast-fading opportunity for glory, victories, even promotions; and those who believed it mad to send men to their deaths to take ground that they could safely walk into within days.



General Summerall gets his photo-op.
He should be standing on the bodies of the soldiers he murdered.

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American forces weren't alone in launching assaults on the last day. The British high command, still stinging from its retreat at Mons during the first days of the war in August 1914, judged that nothing could be more appropriate than to retake the city on the war's final day. British Empire losses on November 11 totaled some twenty-four hundred. The French commander of the 80th Régiment d'Infanterie received two simultaneous orders that morning: one to launch an attack at 9 a.m., the other to cease fire at 11. Total French losses on the final day amounted to an estimated 1,170.
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#217374 - 03/21/12 11:16 PM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: numan]
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Neuman,

That "we fight the next war with the tactics of previous ones", is an aphorism known to even casual students of military history like me ! There are countless examples in every action/wars ! The "Great War" you cite is an exemplary example of this sort of thinking. The flower of Britian's youth was ordered to slaughter attacking emplaced machine guns across open ground. Later the German's complained the USMC wasn't "playing fair" as it slaughtered German troops from a thousand yards in Belleau Woods. (The USMC introduced a new tactic not appreciated by the rear echelon, I suppose. )

Closer in time and distance, our East Coast remained lighted in WW2 even as U-Boats were sinking tankers within sight of the shore ! I recall a personal account from a veteran that saw a UBoat while "patrolling" his assigned escort of the NJ coast with a (his) Piper Cub that didn't even have a radio ! His report had to wait until he returned to his base !

War is an endeavor conducted by the ignorant/old/arrogant but foisted upon the youth to perform ! Mech

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#217420 - 03/22/12 11:12 AM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: numan]
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"Comrades, our own fleet doesn't know our full potential. They will do everything possible to test us; but they will only test their own embarassment. We will leave our fleet behind, we will pass through the American patrols, past their sonar nets, and lay off their largest city, and listen to their rock and roll... while we conduct missile drills."


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#217423 - 03/22/12 11:52 AM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: numan]
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Can anyone tell me how it is possible to lead a life on this planet, with the human race being what it is, WITHOUT a military mentality?

Remember, I said "with the human race being what it is", not your idealized version of "what the human race should be".

We all want that, any reasonable person does, but it's not the reality.

Reality being what it is, the human race being what it is, there is need for a military mentality.
And those of us who cannot comprehend that still owe a great debt to rough men who stand strong, ready to do the unspeakable while we sleep peacefully.

If any of you cannot deal with it, then do what you can to change the human race for the better so that there is no need for a military mentality.

There's your assignment, there's your cause.

I see no honor and no constructiveness in singling out one modern nation for sins which have been committed by all since man crawled out of the slime.
If anything, those who do such further the hatred and strengthen the rationale for even more violence, more killing, more death and more destruction.

You have no fruitful lesson to share, your seeds are the seeds of discontent and they shall bear the fruit of more wars to come.
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#217445 - 03/22/12 02:24 PM Re: The Military Mentality [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas

...owe a great debt to rough men who stand strong, ready to do the unspeakable while we sleep peacefully.
I am afraid that generally translates to "brainless, heartless brutes who have life and humanity beaten out of them." I will grant you that what they do is unspeakably vile.

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I see no honor and no constructiveness in singling out one modern nation for sins which have been committed by all since man crawled out of the slime.

So you think Poland was as equally culpable as Hitler's Germany, and the Philippines and Cambodia (or Iraq and Afghanistan, for that matter) as equally murderous as the United States?
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