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Saturday, November 11, 2006

We're smarter now

With each new war, we get smarter than we were with the prior war. About war. And life. And freedom.

Today is Veteran's Day in the U.S.

Please watch and listen to a very moving slide show (with sound), produced by justin l. fowler of Springfield's State Journal Register.

And, thank you to Vietnam veteran, John Jewett of Petersburg, once of a place called Waukegan, for going and coming out alive. He brought home some amazing photos and some great stories of fear and courage. And emotion. And knowledge. I don't know you, but keep telling your stories. We need stories like these to make us smarter.

And, thanks to all Veterans of all wars, past, present, or future, whether you're still with us or not, for the sacrifices you made so we can keep our freedoms.

(There's an accompanying article: Flight Time; Members of 187th Assault Helicopter Company remember Vietnam War from the seat of a Huey. I'm almost too embarrassed to link to it. Not because of the article, but for some of the asinine and trollish comments that follow. These are the people of Springfield.)

Anyway, did you watch and listen to the slide show? Okay. Now, do it again.

Memo to SJR: Please don't give the slide show your usual archive treatment. Leave this one on line. Thanks.

Posted by Marie at November 11, 2006 1:52 PM


While I agree with your sentiments related to giving thanks to those patriots that have given so much for the freedoms we enjoy, I am not sure I can agree with your leading sentence.

I think that sometimes we learn from a previous war maybe many years hence and sometimes not. Hind sight is 20/20. I am not sure that our current conflict would have had a much different appearance if it had been under the Democrat's watch, but it is easy to see where we are and know that things are not good.

Posted by: Don Ray at November 12, 2006 9:41 AM

It's how the knowledge is put to use.

Posted by: Marie at November 12, 2006 11:22 AM

Marie, I know I don't say it enough, but I really enjoy your blog. It's totally without pretension, which is rare in the blogosphere.


Posted by: Dan at November 12, 2006 8:55 PM

What that other Dan said.

And also: I took your first sentence as irony. Seems to me that we get smarter and smarter and more and more clever about coming up with ways to kill our enemies. Ironically, when we get to the point of going to war, that's where our smarts fly out the window.

Posted by: Dan at November 13, 2006 11:21 AM