Born in Miami, FL; undergraduate education at Stetson University in north FL; graduate education, M. A. & Ph. D., at Duke University in Durham, NC; Phi Beta Kappa. Lifelong university professor, teaching literature in all fields--World Literature; English Literature; American Literature. Designed & taught the course Documentary Film & Literature of Modern War for an Honors Program at a flagship state university. In preparation for the course, took 4 battlefield tours in France: for WW II, of the Normandy D-Day invasion beaches; for WW I, of The Somme, Ypres, Verdun, others. Consequently devastated by war in all its phases.
Wilfred Owens My interest in WWI was sparked by my Grandfather's involvement in it. I later chose that landmark war for a great deal of study and the fulfillment of a writing requirement in the US Army Command & General Staff Officer's Course at the Command & General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth.
I have met and served with many soldiers whom were devoutly religious before combat and became extremely angry with God during combat and stayed that way for a long time after combat (me included). I've even heard of one refering to God as that meddling, sadistic old geezer on the throne. However, I've never met a single soldier or marine in over 31 years and 5 wars that completely broke their faith and quit believing in the Almighty. Eventually, all made their peace with themselves and God (me included) within a short period of time or over the course of several years. If Wilfred was KIAed before he could do that, my prayers won't hurt him.
Ref: Political terms & War If you are a college professor and politically neutral, times have changed radically for the better since I was a student. History Professors, in particular, were very politically active and tended to be so far left as to make devout communists look and sound moderate. I found it slightly amusing that you mentioned the 2 Bush's and Clinton. Their wars weren't history to me. I fought in them and they were a significant part of my life, as well as that of my soldiers. Yet none of those Presidents, even Clinton (who was too cowardly to wage war after Al Qaeda declared it on the USA and only resorted to war in Bosnia because he needed a smoke screen during the Monica/ Blue Dress Scandal), ever re-invented a war in progress with the intent of waiving a white flag, disgracing those who fought, and running for home like my last, and worst, Commander-in-Chief, Obama. I spent the majority of my life in a US Army or Marine uniform and being politically neutral by law, but I judge Presidents by how they wage war and treat those under them who are forced to fight wars. As such, the Democrats/ liberals have proven to me to be extremely unimpressive and I would not vote for any of them for high office during a time of war. Are my thoughts and comments meant to provoke you or anger you? Certainly not. I, and my bretheren, protected and maintained your right to say and think anything you see fit. Exercise it as often as you see fit. I am pleased that Verdun and Normandy brought you face to face with the ugly side of the Profession of Arms. Too many glorify it.
I live within 1 county of Stetson so we've lived in the same Homeland.
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