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       When it comes to the people who actually make the decisions in the government, you may well be right. It is not quite so clear when it comes to the poor bastards going off to do the fighting and the dying.  I think of 1914, and millions of men marching off as women threw flowers and everyone cheered. The ordinary people, the ones who do the fighting and the dying, they go because they think it is their duty that they owe to their fellow countrymen and women. They may be wrong, but I don't think their intentions are ignoble. The politicians and military leaders, on the other hand.....

    "Something has gone very wrong with America, not just its economy, but its ability to function as a democratic nation. And it’s hard to see when or how that wrongness will get fixed." Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

    by Reston history guy on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:44:59 PM PDT

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      didn't start the war.  Although particularly in the case of World War I I have trouble feeling sorry for the "poor bastards," most of whom went jingoistically into battle expecting a glorious easy victory against the unspeakably perfidious and bestial foe.

      The anecdote about how a breastpocket copy of Also sprach Zarathustra didn't save young German Übermenschen from bullets was already a truism in 1915.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:47:52 PM PDT

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