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Re: war

Well, I knew I'd offend some of you:-)  I'm an old Army brat,
myself...come from a *very* hawk-like family, so my experience of
army officer's views on war is a tad different....still, I consider
war a very poor alternative to anything else.  Happened to live in
Europe in '48 and saw the results of W.W.II first hand; hard to
believe that anyone who has either lived through war or seen the
aftermath could even consider it as a "solution".  

Agree, Congress is probably even more willing to commit troops than
most military personnel...and those who have no experience of war or
its aftermath the most enthusiastic about it.   Perhaps I should
change my theory from military commanders to civilian ones to make it
more accurate:-)

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: cathy carpenter <cathyc@rnet.com>
> I was a soldier (albeit a nurse - one who deals directly with the 
> effects of war on the soldier) for 30 years (might end up one
again, as 
> retirees are subject to recall until age 65). My father was a
> for 20 years (an armor officer), so I have had plenty of contact
> the military -  of all ranks and specialties. Believe me, soldiers
> war up close and personal and I don't know a class of people that
> less bloodthirsty (there are exceptions, of course, but every group
> its weirdos). The generals are far more reluctant to commit troops
> combat than is our Congress - very few of whom have ever served in
> military. In military "table top" exercises involving use of
> it has been found time and again that civilians involved are far
> to use those weapons than the military participants.
> Cathy

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