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There was a similar bit of "satire" (the scene was not satirical) on the show, The West Wing, a few years ago, when Bartlett steps aside temporarily, after his daughter's kidnapping, and Speaker Walken, played of course by John Goodman, is trying to tell everyone to get it together.  (I'm not sure if the show is played anywhere in Europe, but I hope it is, because, at least during Aaron Sorkin's time as head of the show, it had some of the most incredible writing in t.v. history.)

107 years old.  God bless him.  That's amazing.  I've actually never met a veteran of the World War I.  My grandfather was a Marine in the South-Pacific during WWII -- a tailgunner and an "island-hopper".  To this day, he likes to joke that Roosevelt (whom he, obviously, never met, being only 17 when he enlisted as a poor kid from Philadelphia) refused to allow him to fight in Europe, because his last name was "Rausch".  His other great war joke was that his only Purple Heart came after cutting his thumb on a beer can. :)

But he loves to tell stories about how senseless the entire fight was, and that he hated the fact that, because of the war, he couldn't enjoy the Japanese countryside.

I'm glad that we learned enough of the lesson of WWI to realize that nobody wins in these brutal wars, and that, at the end of the day, helping Germany to recover was, despite the anger that I'm sure existed among many and perhaps most, the right thing to do in the long run.  If only Wilson, Clemenceau, and Lloyd George has listened the first time.  (In fairness, I believe Wilson was not "all there," having just endured a stroke.)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 09:47:24 AM EST
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