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BobP Remembering Kent State (40 years ago) And, Jackson (48) RE: BS: Remembering Kent State 08 May 01

Many youngsters find history boring and meaningless to their lives.



What I remember is this!


The shooting of five antagonists by a small British garrison is where the US, as a country, was conceived.

In a way . . .

The shooting of four students by a small garrison of US militia is where our country died.

You could not have believed that on May 5, 1770.

But here we are 31 years later . . .

What are we acomplishing as a society.

What legacy are we leaving the next generation.

Space exploration? Medical advances? King's Dream?

Music? Art? Theatre? Film?

Anything there to be really proud of compared to what was happening May 3, 1970?

Not much, says me.

I find it difficult, even now, to rationalize the legacy of Viet Nam. What to learn from it?

I never was able to read McNamara's book.

Did he keep the profits from that?

Can we sue to have those proceeds divided between the zillions who's lives were destroyed by his "mistake".

To draft people and send them into harms way while devoting less than 3% of the nation's GNP resourses in supporting that person's efforts should have been declared a war crime.

Nevermind that the enemy is not attacking New York or our way of life; when you send a guy to fight and get shot and go on with "guns and butter" so as not to make the folks back home uncomfortable - that, to me, qualifies as a war crime.

People sue to recover stolen art from WWII! Can we sue to recover compensation for lost earnings for those who were "ABANDONED IN THE FIELD & IGNORED ON RETURN".

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