“When you're left wounded on Afganistan's plains and
the women come out to cut up what remains, Just roll to your rifle
and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier”
General Douglas MacArthur"
“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”
“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .” “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
“Nobody ever defended, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
The Soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as bright as his brass
"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint."
I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
The Soldier squared his shoulders and said
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
The Armenian Genocide: Past, Present, and Future? By Raymond Ibrahim
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Raymond Ibrahim : On April 24, 2021, Joe Biden became the first sitting U.S. president formally to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide. What was this genocide about, and what is its significance for today? The Genocide Education Project offers a summary of that tragic event which transpired during World War I, specifically between 1915 and 1917:
than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution,
starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A
people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than
double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied
Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly
decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century.
At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within
Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000…. Despite the vast amount of
evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide,
eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the
reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the
Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915
to the present.
The evidence is indeed overwhelming. As far back as 1920, U.S. Senate Resolution 359 heard
eyewitness testimony concerning the “[m]utilation, violation, torture,
and death [which] have left their haunting memories in a hundred
beautiful Armenian valleys, and the traveler in that region is seldom
free from the evidence of this most colossal crime of all the ages.”
“Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross,” she wrote, “spikes
through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered
their bodies.” (Such scenes were portrayed in the 1919 documentary film
Auction of Souls, some of which is based on Mardiganian’s memoirs.)
short, that the Turks orchestrated and carried out a deliberate
genocide of Armenians during World War I is an uncontested fact—for
those who still care about facts—irrespective of who does or does not
acknowledge it (Turkey itself epitomizing the latter category).
so, the extent of Turkish atrocities committed against Armenians far
exceeds the Armenian Genocide. In fact, it is more appropriate to see
the latter, not as a singular event, but as an especially severe segment
of an ancient and ongoing continuum.
The Genocide before the Genocide
Turks’ initial genocide of Armenians began slightly over a thousand
years ago, when the Muslim tribesmen first began to pour into and
transform a then much-larger Armenia into what it is today: the eastern
portion of modern-day Turkey.
Thus, in 1019, “the first appearance
of the bloodthirsty beasts … the savage nation of Turks entered Armenia
… and mercilessly slaughtered the Christian faithful with the sword,”
writes Matthew of Edessa (d.1144), a chief chronicler for this period.
Three decades later, the raids were virtually nonstop. In 1049, the
founder of the Seljuk Empire himself, Sultan Tughril Bey (r. 1037–1063),
reached the unwalled city of Arzden, west of Lake Van, and “put the
whole town to the sword, causing severe slaughter, as many as one
hundred and fifty thousand persons.”
After thoroughly plundering
the city, he ordered it, including 800 churches, to be set ablaze and
turned into a desert. Arzden was “filled with bodies” and none “could
count the number of those who perished in the flames.” Eight hundred
oxen and forty camels were required to cart out the vast plunder, mostly
taken from Arzden’s churches. “How to relate here, with a voice stifled
by tears,” continues Matthew, the many butchered Armenians who were
“left without graves” and “became the prey of carrion beasts,” and “the
exodus of women … led with their children into slavery and condemned to
an eternal servitude! That was the beginning of the misfortunes of
Armenia,” laments the chronicler, “so, lend an ear to this melancholy