Diary

Honoring military veterans versus cultural cleansing

Our nation  is undergoing an orgy of cultural cleansing right now, and most of it is aimed directly or indirectly at those who defended their homes and states as soldiers, often giving their lives.  Right now it is directed against the soldiers who fought for the south in the War Between the States, but we have to remember that the liberal media which is orchestrating the demands to dishonor these soldiers is not particularly friendly to veterans of any war.

This cultural cleansing crusade impacting our country brings to mind a little military cemetery from World War I in Sinaia, Romania, on the street leading up to the Peles royal palace, with casualties from a nearby skirmish.  It contains defending Romanian soldiers as well as soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian and German invaders, each in their own section.  When the Romanians replaced the temporary markers after the war with permanent ones , they honored all equally.  Markers indicate the sections for the ”Romanian heroes”. the ”German heroes”.  the ”Austrian heroes”, and the ”Hungarian heroes”.  Individual markers for unknown soldiers say ”Unknown German hero” or ”Unknown Austrian hero”.

A country willing to call even its invaders ”heroes” in the immediate aftermath of a war, is quite a contrast from one that wants to villify soldiers who defended their homes and states 150 years ago.

Another military cemetery to the northwest of that one also shows the contrast in attitudes. This one in Sighisoara contains World War II Soviet soldiers  from a nearby skirmish, two officers and about 50 privates and is adjacent to the main pedestrian bridge over the river on the route leading up to the walled medieval old town that is now a major tourist attraction. The Soviets had appropriated what had been a public park to bury their dead.  Given the oppressive Soviet occupation and subsequent puppet communist state in Romania which murdered many Romanians and sent many others to brutal labor camps from which many never returned, it might be surprising that this cemetery of foreign invaders and oppressors is still maintained including monuments with several prominent hammers and sickles.  Romanians recognize this cemetery as part of history, even if not a pleasant part of history, and have had no demands to remove it or even the hammers and sickles (I know that for a fact, having inquired at the adjacent convenience store when I was there a couple of days ago).

These attitudes contrast with the actions of two Republican governors, reacting to the  liberal media whipping up a crusade against southern symbols, in removing flags that the soldiers fought under on war memorials in South Carolina and Alabama.  This orgy of hate has also resulted in demands and/or promises of renaming streets, buildings, etc.,  removing statues and memorials and even digging up graves of Confederate soldiers.  It has resulted in a ban by Congress on temporarily placing the flags dead soldiers fought under on their graves in national cemeteries for Confederate Memorial Day.

Where will it stop?  Will the large population of Mexican descent start demanding a removal of anything connected with our side relating to the Mexican War and/or the Texas War for Independence?  Will the Lone Star flag meet the same orgy of hate as the Confederate battle flag has? Will Old Glory itself?  Will the media decide that any glorification of soldiers and their deeds are wrong from any war and launch a crusade against all war memorials?

It is significant that the organization of descendents of Union veterans has supported the flying of the Confederate flag.  They seem to realize the importance of preserving history and the dangers of the slippery slope the media crusade has the country on.

It was not always like this.  The very first Memorial Day was in 1866, started by a ladies group in Macon, Georgia, and on that day they decorated the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers, and that in spite of the brutal acts committed against southern civilians in Sherman’s March to the Sea not too many miles distant.

Would that more Americans today had the good common sense and the respect for history that Romanians display.  At one time, we did.  We need to put our foot down today and say ”Just stop it!” to those who want to divide modern day Americans over these trumped up issues.  It might sell newspapers or increase viewership or be a useful fundraising tool for the Southern Poverty Law Center or the NAACP, but it is bad for the unity of the American people.