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How romantic

Posted by mah-226399 - Created: 10 years ago
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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

Just saw that Bush is now hailing the Iraq victory. I guess he's never heard of Pyrrhus. I'm not sure what the Bush Administration has scored a victory over..... not terrorism, there was no link between Iraq and 9/11, not democracy, Iraq is now a failed state with no real Government, not a victory for the people of Iraq, at least one million are dead, no-one knows how many are casualties of war and there an estimated 5 million people who have been made refugees. The cost of the war is sending the U.S. and its people bankrupt, I forget what the estimates are but we are talking billions and billions.

Can we add gall to hypocrisy?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7305023.stm

Let's hope that in the future the world is both less 'romantic' and there are less of these kinds of 'victories'. Though as soon as I wrote that I thought we need something bigger than just hope.

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Posted by denverd0n-233933 - 10 years ago

Over the years many people have romanticized and glamourized war. I don't agree with it. I don't think there is anything romantic about warfare. But it's something that people have been doing for quite literally thousands of years going AT least all the way back to Homer!

What bothers me about Bush's comment is not that he calls this war "romantic," but rather the hypocrisy of it. He worked to avoid serving during Vietnam. If he truly thought it was so romantic he wouldn't have done that. If it were his father, who served honorably in WWII, who called the war "romantic" I would have no problem with it. I just don't like a hypocrite.

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Posted by Hegjez-219340 - 10 years ago

I think Wilfred Owen had the same feelings about war being romantisised when he wrote about the old lie "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" (it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country).The poem puts it beautifully (I think)! http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/owen1.html

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Posted by mah-226399 - 10 years ago

The terrible thing is that his comments seem intended to persuade naive and vulnerable young men that war is romantic. Trying to do that seems to me to be almost criminal. Have you seen the photos of the returning war vets?? And that's without even considering what will happen to returning soldiers and their children as a result of the extensive use of depleted uranium in these areas.

http://eldib.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/irakipers.jpg

And then there are all sorts of very unromantic things going on in Afghanistan. The rumours are that Pat Tillman met with friendly fire because he had decided to speak out against the war and had the media profile to be heard.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56895

The irony of a Vietnam War draft dodger eulogising war is just beyond belief.

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Posted by orme-197181 - 10 years ago

I'm sure that if Mr Bush really wanted to go out there and enjoy the romance and patriotism of it all, a place could be found.

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Posted by cab-182963 - 10 years ago

When I read his comment mah, I thought, who does he think he is? He laments to 'missing' out on something patriotic and romantic when he could have done it during the Vietnam war. I've a friend currently serving in Afghanistan and there is nothing romantic about it.C.