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  •  It'd be amazing if you could get your guest (16+ / 0-)

    to open up about Spandau.  Sometimes people who lived through the trauma of war and its aftermath will talk to relative strangers before they'll open up to relatives, and what they say is always a revelation.

    My brother-in-law's father was a colonel during Vietnam, and one of the big turning points in his life came when one of his "impregnable" forward bases was overrun.  He never got over the guilt he felt about not being there to protect his boys, and after that he was a very different person.  He never told his family about it, until one day during a short visit when my husband asked him an open-ended question, and the whole story came tumbling out.  The family was amazed.  They'd begged for years, but he wouldn't speak.  The right place, the right person.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:06:17 AM PDT

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    •  thanks for the reminder of how much we owe (4+ / 0-)

      those whom we send to serve, in our names and on our behalf, in war, and of how great a price it can exact from them that we do so...
      and not always visibly.
      Total gratitude, and total respect.
      And never forget: they don't decide whom to fight, or when, or where, or even how. That's the civilian "leadership" -- which means, ultimately, it's on us.
      Which means we owe them -- and always will.

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