Remembrance Day November 11

REMEMBRANCE DAY for soldiers or war victims ?

PTSD suffered by both parties. However, only soldiers and those flying in their war planes dropping the tons of bombs onto civilians, women and children alike, are being celebrated in Remembrance Day ceremonies as heroes.

Victims of those wars who suffered on the sidelines, or fallout – World War I – and those who suffered heavy bombings and destruction of their home lands, – World War II – particularly starting from 1941 until 1945, are not allowed to ever forget their experiences being persecuted, suffering in concentration camps, and being heavily bombed as small children, growing up in completely destroyed home lands; now also suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

We are not heroes of war, we did not fly over enemy lands and drop bomb loads, we were just trying to survive and rebuild our home lands.

Where is the justice in that ?

Soldiers belong to the governments who declare wars, they are also called GI – government issue for that reason – they get weapons and tanks and war planes and are being deployed, for the sole purpose to kill. They can defend themselves. Not so civilians. They are the real heroes. At the same time, they are the ones who do not want to be reminded of those terrible experiences.

Don’t worry, we do remember without big ceremonies and pompom.

PTSD – veteran or victim of war

Post traumatic stress disorder (or syndrome)(PTSD) as it relates to war experiences.[ ]
How is it that it is mostly those who were the perpetrators of war crimes (such as killing and fire bombing civilians, mostly children) that reap the rewards after a war ? And thereby also claiming to suffer from PTSD, referred to as ‘combat fatigue’ (in other words ‘cowardice during bombing attacks’) ? Are we talking about combat professionals, soldiers, who are carrying arms, can shoot, can kill, can defend themselves ? Or worse, Air Force professionals who control the killing from the air ? Are those the ones who suffer from PTSD ? Are those the ones who year after year get more brass medals pinned on their chests and are marching in their annual parades, proudly displaying their war memorabilia and their status as veterans ? Or, should it not be the victims of war, who were very young children, who suffer the most now ?
Child victims are suffering, no matter which side of the conflict they are on.
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It is now recognized the world over that the syndrome of PTSD is a serious affliction, but should only be taken seriously as it relates to the actual “victims of war”. The children (let’s assume way back WWII), who now are also senior citizens. But suffer nonetheless at an increasing rate of this syndrome called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, resulting from their experiences during that war, and from relentless subsequent persecution. [ ]
And were it not for the fact that the memories of this war are being kept alive by those who fire bombed civilians in Europe, I am sure that all of those formerly small child victims would certainly suffer less now. [  ]

Morality of War and Occupation

The opinions expressed herein are not the opinion of any government or any individuals, other than myself. They are based on my own experiences in life. A note on Liberation: “Occupation is not Liberation”. No matter how much the befuddled minds of some soldiery believe they actually liberate an invaded nation from some dictator. Following the end of a war. And that that nation that is being occupied is ‘grateful’ for those Liberators. That is a myth. In particular if an invasion and occupation follows periods (even years) of relentless fire bombing of the citizens of that occupied territory – the citizens being the last survivors of an unarmed civilian population. In other words, mostly women and children. This is exactly what had happened in Germany after the end of World War 2.

May 1945 was the end of that war. The first occupiers that entered was the US Army arriving in our home towns with their tanks. They took the best houses for their Army brass, throwing the owners into the street. Then creating high razor wire fencing around their camp just across from our house at the edge of the city, where they had their army camp and kitchens. And lots of food. For us children, thin as string beans, food would have been nice, but not so. They chased their big guard dogs at us when we only came close to that fence. Where does morality come into the picture ? Was it the Nuremberg trials when they hung by the neck the big Nazi Bonzen (justifiably so) ? Or was it the way they behaved against the children (including yours truly) ? Or was it the way they dug up all the graves in the German graveyards with their bulldozers and piled up protection walls against the edge of the city, where they had built their US Army camps, to be safe (from some starving children). Or was it the way they tried to teach us play football with the skulls dug out of those German graves ? And where does morality come in when those same Allied armies pretended to have liberated all countries in Europe ?  Our sector had the British occupation. That lasted at least until the end of the century.

Having left Europe in 1974 for North America, I returned in 2005 the first time to my home town. By that time all had been re-built. This is a long time ago. Lucky for me, for all those years I tried to forget the 4 year long horrors of being bombed. Until I ended up in the ‘British Colonies’. Where memories of WW2 are being kept alive by the war veterans. They fondly remember. Who knows, they would like to see themselves again in their air planes, dropping bombs ?  I figure it would be more beneficial to clean up Germany of the hundreds of thousands of unexploded bombs still under the ground, ‘garbage of war’ left behind for others to clean up.