Sunday, June 18, 2023

A Door Shuts, A Door Opens

 From Laura Crockett at The History Desk:

My father fought in WW2. He was a medic, and worked to save lives. However, since he was stationed in the Pacific theatre, the enemy was Japan. The Japanese soldiers took aim at medics. The idea that medics were shot at whilst trying to save another man’s life, stressed my dad out a great deal. Many soldiers suffered during that war, and every war. PTSD is an old condition among soldiers everywhere, and throughout all time. My father also saw the aftereffects of war, from the losers perspective as he deployed to Japan after the surrender. The people of Japan, he said, were very quiet, and humble in a way that left him feeling uneasy.

Any nation’s people that is on the losing side of a war is uneasy and stressed. They have no idea about what is next for them. During the war, especially when it comes to one’s own land, the soldiers fight hard to save their nation. We Americans, however, have no perspective of a war on our land since the Civil War. Unless we call the Indian wars a struggle for a nation. But that would be a lie. Still, soldiers and warriors will feel the same stress as all fighters have felt. Each soldier is always fighting for their very life, and not knowing when the bullet they don’t hear will come their way. Or the arrow, or javelin or sword, it is all the same in war. The weapons are immaterial to the dead.

But it is the survivors in a losing war that I will address today.

Vergil’s Aeneid is rather like Homer’s Iliad: these are two stories about the destruction of the ancient city of Troy, and its aftermath. (Read more.)


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