Friday, November 21, 2008
HAVE WE LOST OUR WILL TO FIGHT?
As I think about Veterans Day, I thought about what warfare meant to other generations of warriors. There is nothing good about war, but some of us have been called upon to engage in it. Please look at this clip of the Civil War and get a flavor of what it must feel like to be under this kind of fire. I can only imagine the feeling that drives a soldier to walk into certain death for a cause. I want to say it's in us as Americans, but I don't think it is. Most of us, when confronted with it would shy away. Some of us would take up the mantle and go forward. I have often thought about what drives us to be American warriors and I honestly don't know. I want to think that if we were confronted as Americans, with a choice to fight or die, we would fight. Today, I don't know.
War is an abomination of mankind. But there are times when it is necessary. I have been there, but this clip is a war that I don't even contemplate. These men confronted warfare up close and felt the fire. They are heroes and I admire them with all my being. What would we do now as Americans, if we felt it was necessary to protect ourselves? Would we shy away or would we fight? It would seem that we would fight. How long will that fighting spirit endure?
Strange, I don't remember the music.