Monday, March 14, 2016

Skeletons in The Closet of Time

Ways of War is a story told during a time in history that looks similar to what we are experiencing today. As the story unfolds you will see the tale is told during a time of great change in this country.  The time I refer to is the sixties and early seventies. Our country was going through growing pains again. Some of the issues on the minds of Americans were civil rights, women's rights and the Vietnam War to name a few.

 Ways of War hinges upon the Vietnam War in particular. Not because it was more important than any other issues, but because it happen to be something that touched me on a personal level. We said good bye to family members, we worried about them, and were fortunate enough to be able to welcome them home.  Many people I know were touched in some way by that event in history. I have always felt that those men who fought got shortchanged in their service. They did what they were called to do; whether by draft or volunteer. They were neither thanked nor rewarded.

There are so many things to say about the Vietnam Struggle. There are a number of things that people fail to understand. Some misunderstand because they are ignorant of the facts, while others didn't understand because they were too self-involved to pay attention. No matter what the political view, there will always be debate over what was done and what should have been done. Regardless of the policies and politics, our military should always return to the open loving arms of those who stayed behind. 

I believe much was learned from that time in history. Unfortunately there is still much to consider. Ways of War is just a subtle reminder of a time long past and a lesson we are still learning from. It is a story told that is intertwined with other events as well. Some of which you may not be aware of. Our history is a dark one. We are a great nation, yes. But as with any nation there are skeletons in the closets of time. The cost of keeping up is paid with human life. No matter how you look at it.

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