think of how many other grandfathers would still be here if our govt had minded its own affairs and left other to attend to theirs.Yes, I think we should think about this. The subject of grandfathers came up because I had mentioned that my own grandfather had served in World War I. My grandfather died four years before I was born, so I never had a chance to meet him or ask him about his experience. I have every reason to suspect his experience was pretty ghastly, though, as World War I was horrible. It was a war of trenches and poison gas and atrocities galore, a war that resolved nothing, with a peace that led to an even more horrific war 30 years later.
for me, this is a one lesson of memorial day that seems to be left out of the festivities.
Our government places soldiers all over the world now, which makes us a reluctant imperial power, but an imperial power nonetheless. We have garrisons in nearly every place we've ever fought -- Germany, Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan. We spend incredible amounts of money and put people at risk in many of those locations, for reasons that aren't always clear.
In the normal course of things, many of the men who have fought and died would have become grandfathers. Increasingly, women who one day would have been grandmothers are fighting and dying, too. Gino is correct -- we do need to think about why we are maintaing a presence in so many places, trying to bridge so many gaps, involved in so many disputes that aren't, at bottom, our concern. It's easy to say we're trying to make the world a better place. But are we certain that is the case?