A post over on Roger’s blog prompted me to reflect on what he said, and to chime in with my own comment. Basically Roger lamented the fact that Christianity and the world had learned very little from the sacrifice that we are commemorating on this day. I noted that this day was very special to me on a personal level, since thirty-six years ago I was engaged in a running battle between my Marine Corps infantry company, and North Viet-Namese Army units around the Viet-Namese DMZ. I came out of it without a scratch, many others did not. Over the years I had so much hope that we all would learn from our mistakes there. When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union collapsed I was ecstatic and thought common sense would prevail henceforth. Goes to show what an idiot I was/am.
That idealistic young guy on the left is me.