Adoration and shaming, the fairness and the horror
For home and country ó A century of men and war and the 'changing' role of women in it
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Adoration and shaming, the fairness and the horror
It was and is never fair to have women cajole and shame men to be heroes, but that has
always been a very effective ploy. Nobody who doesn't have to be in the
frontlines and face the horrors of war there has the right to demand of anyone else to
provide protection for them.
To be protected through sacrifices made by others is a privilege that must be earned,
it is not a right. It is absolutely atrocious that feminists who
clamour for equal
rights for women vilify and slander all men and even blame them for wanting to fight
wars. That is just as true in peace times, in which, now just as always, for as long
as statistics for that were recorded,
men comprise 19 out of every 20 job fatalities.
The 1989 Montreal Massacre in the context of menís sacrifices, 2008
12 07, by Professor Jeffrey Asher.)
It seems that the problem of whether or not to have women serve
in combat positions would be solved very expediently if all feminists were drafted.
The feminists would soon sing a different song.
My brother escaped in August of 1945, while in transit from an American- to a French
POW camp. He made his way home, just a few days after he had turned 18. Yet,
if he would have been caught by the German military during or shortly after the war, he
would certainly have been shot. The same fate was then quite possibly in wait for
him if either the French or the Americans would have caught him after he escaped. To
boot, after he had travelled back home (often sleeping in hay stacks during the day and
travelling by night), because he was an escapee the German officials weren't willing to
issue a ration card for him, so that he couldn't even purchase food to eat. That
is the gratitude of the fatherland in action. (Full
story translated excerpt from my brother's diary; MSWord file, 79 kB)
The gratitude of the Fatherland will be yours
One of the slogans used in Germany,
both during the First- and Second World War
(Der Dank des Vaterlandes ist Euch gewiss)
If the laws to force men to do the dying don't exist, they'll be created. There has never been military draft for
women, and it is extremely unlikely that it ever will.
The force used to make men do the dying varies with the rank of men in the armed
forces. Those in the lower ranks are far more likely to be executed when they are
suspected of shirking their sacred duty. The Russian Army employed commissars in
combat in some cases one for every ten soldiers that literally drove men
into battle and killed them mercilessly on the spot if the men showed any signs of
faltering. When the German Army stood at the gates of Moscow, Stalin could not get
enough of his men to do the dying for Bolshevism, but enticing them to save Mother Russia,
the very Mother Russia whose idea and ideals he did his best to eradicate, that did the
The British military executed 300 enlisted men during the First World War, men who may not
even have been shying away from dying for their country. It sufficed that the
leaders wanted to set examples to show a sign of force that no 'cowardice' would be
tolerated, at the pain of death. The same fate befell a handful of officers.
If officers would have been subjected to the same rigorous rules as their men, more than a
handful of them would have been executed for cowardice in the face of the enemy.
All of that is something that not one woman ever had or will have to face. Men's and
women's 'duties' are on opposite ends of that reality. Whenever required, most men
happily serve their women in "the field of glory." They adore them for
being allowed to do that,
The faces of these W.W.II British soldiers show adoration of
the female figure head of their nation...
even if it meant little more for them than to live out their lives in
misery and pain, and to be spat upon in later years. Not long ago, one of them, a
wounded and decorated English war hero in the Second World War, hanged himself, because
the courts persecuted him for defending himself against young thugs who were turning his
life into a living hell for having been a soldier fighting for their country. He
suffered more than he could humanly endure, once for his country and then at the hands of
his country. Will his name show up on any memorial?
...even though their bodies and their lives have been
sacrificed for what she represents.
And if that adoration isn't enough to cajole them into making the ultimate sacrifice
"for Home and Country," then there are far more effective means by which to make
men do it. The following poster was used for that in England during the First World
War. The government campaign that produced that poster had the
desired result but also some surprising ones.
Order of the
On the last Monday of May each year is Memorial Day in the
U.S.A., a day "to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. ... it
is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the
United States Armed Forces." (The
quote is from
Wkipedia) Right, but this video shows that there is much more to the
consequences of serving like that.
Purple Heart's Final Beat - A Soldier Suicide Story (5:38
From the video: "70 percent of Iraq veterans return to
divorce. Within five years of their return, 90 percent get divorced.
Only 1.5 percent get fair treatment from our court system. Most will
live the rest of their lives in poverty. Most will be alienated from
their children. Countless veterans a month choose this option. I love my
country... but my country doesn't love me...."
90 percent of army suicides are men
Army Suicides Up, Prevention Efforts Strengthened
Rising military suicides
The pace is faster than combat deaths in Iraq or Afghanistan.
By John Donnelly
More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in
2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars
this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the
latest statistics from the armed services.
As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have
committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan
and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show....
But even those who have been most intensely focused on the issue
said they found the new numbers alarming. So far in 2009, the Army
has had 211 of the 334 suicides, while the Navy had 47, the Air
Force had 34 and the Marine Corps (active duty only) had 42. (Full
Note by F4L: The terms "military personnel" and "members of the
military services" very nicely smooth things over, so that we can
even feel compassion for the women who share the horror of a
calamity that kills almost exclusively men. Nevertheless, the
numbers mentioned in the article do not identify whether they
include veterans. Somehow I doubt that that they do, because
veterans are not considered to be members of the military services
any longer. The problem is in all likelihood far larger than
is being let on.
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