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 it tells the tale during a time of great change in the United States.  The time I refer to is the sixties and early seventies. Our country was going through growing pains again. Some 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 is something that touched me on a personal level. We said goodbye to family members; we worried about them and were fortunate enough to welcome them home.  The effects of that era left their permanent mark. I have always felt that those men who fought got shortchanged in their service. They did what their government called them 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 several 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 that time in history. Regardless of the policies and politics, our military should always return to the open loving arms of those who stayed behind. 

I believe many 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 intertwined with other events. Some of which you may not know of. Our history is dark. We are a great nation, yes. But as with any nation, there are skeletons in the closets of time. The cost of progress is paid with human life. No matter how you look at it.

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