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PostVeterans of All Nations Deserve Respect (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/29/16 3:23 am)
I'd like to convey to Robert Gibbs (28 September) all my comprehension for the nightmare he had to suffer at home and abroad. Insulting a veteran is very cowardly.
By the way in 1919, Fascism in Italy was born when the veterans became sick and tired of being attacked and found the right leader.
You may disagree with a government, but a veteran always deserves respect and thanks.
I believe I understand Robert, because at that time in Italy the Reds were very active against the Vietnam war and I have been always against the Reds. Unfortunately we were few; moreover, not having been "political correct," I always was discriminated against.
JE comments: Respect the veterans, absolutely, and some would add that it is a moral imperative to protest an unjust war. There's no reason that one should necessarily exclude the other.
Vietnam veteran and WAISer extraordinaire Michael Sullivan has written in a spirit of reconciliation, with an eye towards WAIS '17, Havana. Michael's post is next.
What Does "Respecting Veterans" Mean?
(Rodolfo Neirotti, USA
09/30/16 3:54 AM)
When commenting on Eugenio Battaglia's post of September 29, John E wrote: "Respect the veterans, absolutely, and some would add that it is a moral imperative to protest an unjust war. There's no reason that one should necessarily exclude the other."
I think that we need to define "respect." According to Lord Kelvin, an Irish mathematical physicist and engineer 1824-1907, "What is not defined cannot be measured. What is not measured cannot be improved. What is not improved always deteriorates."
If we follow his suggestion, and considering that a great number of the homeless in this country are veterans, we can say that this society does not respect them and it is not grateful for their sacrifices. Respect means treating them for the Post Traumatic Disorder, drug addiction secondary to horrors of war, the residual problems related to their injuries, and to provide the conditions for their reintegration into society.
JE comments: I'd throw "respect" in the "I know it when I see it" drawer, à la Justice Potter Stewart. But Rodolfo Neirotti takes a "put your money where your mouth is" approach to treating veterans: they need material support more than parades, medals, and flag-waving.