My novel has been re-written and is being read by selected readers for comment. This blog will return to its original purpose: a display case for my writing. I will finish posting my war stories and other experiences. My Visit to a Long-ago War will consist of four postings. It is long and could be considered as a travelogue for anyone who plans a trip to the middle of the
Other generations are in charge now, and mine – the one who remembers that Sunday, some 72 years past – is either out to pasture or under it. Today is very different from my yesterday, but human nature remains a constant. However, I offer the following observations for what they are worth and welcome your comments..
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else Winston Churchill
I don't know if we can still count on Americans doing the right thing, eventually, or if we can count on the world giving us the time for a long debate with ourselves, such as we had in the Thirties, before we dothe right thing.
Here’s another scenario. Suppose we found ourselves at war with
over some tension or other between us?
Unlikely? We’re already in a cyber war. China is reported to have stolen the plans
for our newest fighter plane, the F35. If true, she has obtained a trillion
dollars of our research and design for free. China has only one aircraft carrier to throw
against our Navy’s mighty battle groups? What if missiles took out the
carriers of both nations in the first days of war? China France tried to improve on trenches with the
Maginot Line in the Thirties, but had no intention of fighting the last
war when she launched her blitzkriegs. Germany
One hundred years ago – in 1913 - Europeans thought that the world had grown too civilized and war too terrible for humanity to consider it. China is only one of several potential competitors or enemies in our unknown future. Whoever wants to be king of the hill must push us off it. The world now knows our strengths and weaknesses. We may not be presented with a unifying
Incidentally, where could we get our weapons parts and the myriad necessities if we had another major war? Most of our manufacturers are only assemblers. Could we count on a convoyed supply across the Pacific from
India and Southeast Asia? We need to think as a nation among
nations, no longer able to maintain an isolated world surrounded by an impenetrable
moat of oceans. Our economy is being nationalized, not by the government, but
by huge corporations oriented globally rather than to regions or even states.
The lessons drawn by my generation and preceding ones may no longer be
What is the right thing – or things - that we should be doing in our present situation?