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The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
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Sigh, like so many of the battles / “victories” of WW2, the first casualty of war maybe truth, but the second is surely the veterans.
As a pro-peace little L libertarian, I want to ensure that all these fine youngsters — girls and boys; never old politicians and bureaucrats — are not “wasted” in “chicken hawk” psuedo-wars where the objectives are unknown, the interests are confused, and the rationale is either based on “spin” aka lies or abject falsehoods.
We can trace the causes of WW2 directly to FDR and back to Wilson. Americans meddling in European affairs ended a long tradition of “Minding Our Own Business”. Wilson signed for the Federal Reserve that ensure the Gooferment would never lack for “money”. The American empire was set in motion by Teddy Roosevelt who encouraged an imperialistic Japan. And, all manner of “big Gooferment” was traceable to Lincoln and the War of Northern Aggression.
So here we sit on our “D-Day”, wondering how do we get out of this mess?
Will we have the courage of the “boys of Point Du Hoc” and confront the villains in the “District of Corruption” and say “no more”!
Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!
That’s the way to honor the dead and maimed of Normandy!
Dona Nobis Pacem
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