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  •  I had a Jewish acquaintance in college, (15+ / 0-)

    during the period from 1967 to 1969, who kept getting similar questions about why she liked to build plastic airplane models, and in particular models of WW II German aircraft. It was a period of intense sensitivity to anything that looked like the glorification of war, and the Nazi era was also not quite the distant event that it seems like today.

    She said the aircraft were a part of history and her interest in them in no way implied that she agreed with their use or the philosophy of their makers.

    I think that applies to diaries about such things today as well.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:16:52 PM PST

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    •  Airplanes and the people who fly them (11+ / 0-)

      are special.  A breed apart.  Groundlings will never understand.  They only see the superficial and will never know the feel of the controls beginning to stiffen as the plane accelerates and they begin to bite the air.  Or the feel of G forces, or the torque of a big round engine up front.  

      They will never understand that even old enemies from decades ago have more in common with each other than any of them did with the politicians of either side.  And when the shooting stops, they can sit down with each other and have a drink, while swapping stories and missing old comrades.  Groundlings will never understand.

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:55:29 PM PST

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      •  Fighters of other realms also end (5+ / 0-)

        up as friends. It's indeed a special bond.

        So I have heard. I chose a different path once, but have respect for most every other path I can think of.

        I must say, though, that it takes more than 15 or 20 years, judging by the reception my WW II veteran dad and other guys of similar vintage gave the father of one of my childhood friends, named Hans Hecht. His dad had a picture of one of his wartime mounts on his desk at home. It was a Ju-52.

        I told my dad, "but he fought on the Eastern front". He said he had never met a German who fought anywhere else. lol.

        He also got into a bit of an argument with a taxi driver in Hiroshima, I was told.

        Heh, and I just remembered he also almost got into a fight in Scotland  in the 80s when he said something to the effect that "if this place wasn't made totally of granite it would have blown away long ago".

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:06:49 PM PST

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      •  Rather a broad comment (1+ / 0-)
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        Ask the veterans of the 8th Army and Afrika Korps.

        •  Out of my area, so no idea. (2+ / 0-)
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          I have never even so much as been in a tank, although climbed up on a couple to take a look.  Brave souls, tankers, but not my cup of tea.  I am sure they have a kind of bond, but I am not privy to it.

          The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

          by Otteray Scribe on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:52:54 AM PST

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      •  Don't forget maintenance crews. n/t (5+ / 0-)

        Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. John Donne

        by scurrvydog on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 05:01:37 AM PST

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