Wednesday, January 10, 2024

I Remember

A Piece of the Berlin Wall I Remember

As our great nations elected leaders squabble over whether or why the United States of America should continue supporting Ukraines war effort defense against Russian invaders aggression, an oft quoted saying comes to mind in this moment:

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

I hope and pray those we have chosen to lead never forget the harsh, hard-fought lessons history has bequeathed us.

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10 Responses

  1. upstater says:

    Dubious post on Adirondack Almanack and even worse on his blog. Mr Monroe forgets the Red Army won WW2 at tremendous sacrifice of 27 million Soviet soldiers and citizens. It was the Fifth time in less than century that European powers invaded Russia. Might this make Russians insecure with NATO on its borders, after WE promised “not one inch east”.

    When was the last time the US was invaded? 1812 as I recall when we tried to annex Canada.

    Ukraine has lost. It is like Vietnam or Afghanistan. Not Honduras in the 80s.

    • Randy Fredlund says:

      Ukraine is much more like Czechoslovakia in 1938. A dictator has invaded, and appeasement will yield the same result.

    • Raymond Roch-Jean Saint-Pierre says:

      Dear upstater,
      I’m confused about exactly where upstate you are living because it seems to me that since 2014 a certain nation called Ukraine has not only existed, but caused nearly 500000 Russian military casualties; maintained its own military, political, and economic institutions; and actually created a much more aware and powerful NATO alliance than ever before!?
      And the completely irrational refusal by a certain political faction to support Ukraine when most of our economic aid is actually spent here in the US economy on the production of those military supplies and other services rather than sending actual
      US combat personnel while completely occupying and degrading Russian military forces and their own economic system! It seems pretty obvious to me that it is nothing like our Afghanistan involvement under any objective and factual analysis!? Unless you were referring to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan??

  2. The smoldering embers of perspectives such as those expressed in this response are precisely the reason why I penned this piece. I have a growing fear that folks, with an alarming degree of ever-increasing frequency, take too much for granted our ability to freely and openly question and debate local micro issues such as governmental motivations and actions regarding as the fate of Debar Lodge on platforms like the one provided here at the Almanack. Those freedoms are fragile and not at all guaranteed. “Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” I was raised Adirondack.

  3. ADKresident2 says:

    Thank you for the history lesson, Mr. Monroe. I always enjoy your writing and stories.

  4. Richard Daly says:

    Lifting my head outta the discussion-foxhole here. I was a USArmyBrat for 20 years. In 1956, two twin sisters whose family worked in the US Embassy in Budapest, fled the Russian aggression on Hungary, and showed up in my class in Munich. I turned 13 in 1957 while we lived on the compound of Dachau, Concentration Camp turned Displaced Persons Camp. Our priest /slave-laborer could not return East, so he became Camp Chaplain. In 1961 we were back in Germany when The Wall was built. Within weeks German towns had built replica Walls in Solidarity with Berliners. In ’62, we listened to Army radio, with our bags packed, as the US blockaded Cuba. In ’63 we followed the assassination of JFK on RadioFreeEurope, with our bags packed. My late + friend and former colleague, was born in a DP camp in Austria in 1945. His Dad was an anti-Communist and the family had to flee from Lviv in Western Ukraine. Her Anthem proclaims “UKRAINE HAS NOT YET PERISHED” and She deserves our judicious support … without US boots on the ground. RIP+ Zdhan Lasowsky.

  5. Balian the Cat says:

    Ignorance and/or apathy toward totalitarian aggression in Europe represents a simple disregard for history. History is a reliable predictor of human behavior. The only difference between the America First crowds of today versus those of the late 1930’s early 40’s is that the latter didn’t shout it while wearing clothes made in Vietnam, onto smartphones made from components originating all over the world, and while waving American flags made in China. “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph in the world is that good men do nothing.” Even if Edmund Burke actually said that, he didn’t account for the dearth of “good men” in present society.

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