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I don't have a problem with that. What I minded was the idea that fighting for the US in 1968 was the equivalent of fighting for Germany in 1943. I personally do consider military service heroic, however, I also feel that too much is made of it, and I really dislike the way the commander in chief aspect of the presidency is valorized over all the other things the president does. And I can see the argument for not treating military service as heroic.

As said elsewhere in the thread, Nazi Germany was a unique combination of truly horrible combined with extreme aggressiveness in a major world power.

by MarekNYC on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 11:29:41 PM EST
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was the equivalent of fighting for Germany in 1943
I didn't say it is equivalent. I took German WW II examples, because
  • I had the more personal examples at hand
  • it is the most extreme case. To use extreme cases is in science not unusual to demonstrate, that at some point a principle must break down. At which point would be an issue for discussion.
  • I thought there would be more support for the 'support the troops' tokenism, than there now seems to be. So I started caucious.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 06:56:10 AM EST
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