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    of James Jones, WWII South Pacific combat veteran, to that rubbish, as related by his friend, fellow veteran, William Styron:

    Jim's face was set like a slab, his expression murky and aggrieved, as we stood on the marble reading the Gettysburg Address engraved against one lofty wall, slowly scanning those words of supreme magnanimity and conciliation and brotherhood dreamed by the fellow Illinoisian whom Jim had venerated, as almost everyone does, for transcendental reasons that needed not to be analyzed or explained in such a sacred hall. I suppose I was expecting the conventional response from Jim, the pious hum. But his reaction, soft-spoken, was loaded with savage bitterness, and for an instant it was hard to absorb. "It's just beautiful bullshit," he blurted. "They all died in vain. They all died in vain. And they always will!"
    •   the name's are the same (1+ / 0-)
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      Johnson: Would you look at how fast they put the names of all our guys who got killed?
      The Sergeant: That's a World War One memorial.
      Johnson: But the name's are the same.
      The Sergeant: They always are.

      Samuel Fuller
      The Big Red One

      White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

      by BOHICA on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:13:46 AM PST

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      •  only now they are not - they are more diverse (2+ / 0-)
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        more Hispanic, Bengali, Arabic, Aghan, Filipino, etc

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:18:42 PM PST

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