Posted by Diana on August 04, 2000 at 11:38:16:
In Reply to: Too Close to Home? posted by The Rascal on August 03, 2000 at 08:56:18:
: As the person who asked a simple question (yeah, right), in ways I'm not suprised about what came about from it. I have been studying F&I history and it is my opinion that it was "the Big Bang" for American history. Even Gibson managed to realize that the American Revolution was affected by it. Nearly all the officers on both sides bloodied their weapons during the F&I War to wield them again not too many years later.
: The issues involved clearly still hit close to home. Could Rich have anticipated how close when he watched the movie and created a web page? I bet he's had to wrap his tongue in gauze by now.
: Somehow it became a discussion of 'me and my little glimpse of history.' However, I guess the consensus was, Western Europe gets off scot(?) free. (How white of you.) I don't think that's right. People from the USA have had an albatross hung from their necks for what happened afterward. Having lived abroad and being aware of how American history is taught around the world, I think it is time to understand how it happened, see who ALL the actors on the board were and admit to complicity. Recent developments in historiography have led to a better understanding of what went on. We shall never learn the entire truth, but we should be mature enough to see that in order to keep it from happening again in the future over the same issues, blame should be shared and history books, ours and of other nations, show the cause and effects of it. Share the albatross, and set yourselves free.
: I've got more interesting questions to ask. I'll wait awhile before I ask them. See you on the Warrior's Path.
Interesting point and observation. However, there may be a broader perspective than this. May I suggest you read "The Cousins' Wars" by Kevin Phillips. I would like to know what you think.
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