- Feb 2015
That's twisted. If some psychopath, aka politician,, did something in my supposed name - like before I was born, or even before any of my ancestors were in his kingdom - I am not accepting blame for his infamy or laying blame on any other innocent citizen. I put the responsibility exactly where it goes. And I would suggest again, such notions of collective guilt are exactly what fuels the next vengeance. It is unfortunately the nature of mankind that he is so easily brainwashed by the politicians - and people in the US are surely not more susceptible than anyone else.Even if America does things I don't agree with, or previous generations did things in my name ("For our children, and future generations!") as a reasonable, responsible American, I acknowledge that my parent's generation may have done some ****, in my alleged name, that I don't agree with. Without accepting personal guilt (as i never shot a Vietnamese, nor killed an American Indian nor ever owned another human soul in servitude), I can at least acknowledge what my forebears did, "allegedly" in my name ("For future generations"), right or wrong.
I love my country. But I hate the politicians. And I am surely not taking the rap for their crimes or participating in putting the rap on the other little guys.
Did Calley go berserk? Yes. But who put him there on a lie for the express purpose of killing? LBJ. Ho Chi Minh did not invade the US. This was no just war of self defense. The war itself was a crime. And if you want to accept a share of national guilt for that, it is your right, but I don't recommend it. I do recommend trying not to repeat mistakes.
And I am sure you notice, no one addresses the question of why dropping bombs and wiping out villages is not a war crime, only when it's done in person is it horror.