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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Steven Beschloss

It is essential that we not look away. The personal cost to us of bearing witness is nothing compared to the cost to the victims. I share here the link to a Euronews piece (https://www.euronews.com/2022/04/13/protest-held-outside-tallinn-s-russian-embassy-against-women-raped-in-war) on a recent protest in front of the Russian embassy in Tallinn. It is graphic, powerful and disturbing (trigger warning for victims of rape and sexual abuse!). It was posted last night by Rebecca Solnit on her FB page, and I have hesitated to share it, but your piece today has given me fortitude, and reminded me that my sickened outrage is not only a legitimate but necessary response to this horror. At the risk of really rocking the boat, I must link the rage I feel when confronted with evidence of the systemic use of sexualized violence as a weapon of war to the news in recent days of the several states that have now moved swiftly to ban abortion, thereby forcing women to bear children against their will -- even the children of their rapists. This too is a form of sexualized violence. These terrible examples exist on a spectrum of violence perpetrated on the bodies of women.

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Steven Beschloss

The world is full of rapists, unfortunately. In this example, the girlfriend was more rabid than the boyfriend who showed an unsureness. Another terrible lasting mental picture is of a Ukrainian mother weeping , looking down a water filled hole where Russians had killed and left the body of her son. When the leader of Russia is a man with no morals, no ethics, one can expect his people to be encouraged and follow suit.

It should also be noted that American soldiers have been guilty of the same in time of war. Just covered up. Never sure when telling a vet I am proud of his service, I really am. Who knows?

Many have been guilty of war crimes. Few have paid the price. Look at our past president. trump is accused by 14 women of rape. Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh also accused to mention only a few. No war, but crimes indeed. How many women have killed their husbands who have brutalized them, yet, they are the ones who go to jail. Parents, especially mothers, should do a better job when raising a son.

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This is sickening. I disagree only on a minor definition: War is Hell. I am deep into MASH reruns as a research topic, and I just used this interaction between Hawkeye and Father Mulcahy in this post

https://riclexel.substack.com/p/open-letter-to-gen-x-6-controversial?s=w

Hawkeye: War isn't Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.

Father Mulcahy: How do you figure, Hawkeye?

Hawkeye: Easy, Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?

Father Mulcahy: Sinners, I believe.

Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell. War is chock full of them - little kids, cripples, old ladies. In fact, except for some of the brass, almost everybody involved is an innocent bystander.

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Ric. You hit it out of the park! There are no good definitions of war - it's just stupid, and is never fought by the ones who start them, and Putin will have a special place in hell for what he is perpetrating on the world as we type. MASH still is a great antiwar series.

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Thanks, MASH is more amazing now that I remember it to be. Take out Korea and insert every conflict since then, and it fits. I'm watching 2 or more episodes a day. Also Happy Days, as I think those 2 shows were some of the last to bind our entire nation together. After that, the segmentation, which now looks like an insidious plan to divide us along pop-culture lines, occurred. The more channels, the easier to divide, distract and dominate. I'd be honored if you gave it a read.

https://riclexel.substack.com/p/open-letter-to-gen-x-6-controversial?s=w

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I read much of your articles and I connected with you on most. You are searching, aren't you? Is it ever frustrating that you can't quite seem to find answers, or is that the joy of keeping your mind open? I am probably more closed minded than you are, but I am way older than you, if that means anything more than I have thought about all of this longer than you have. I am kinda' an amateur philosopher who believes that everything is an unanswerable question like - who are you? Does God exist? From MASH - Is there a heaven or hell? I am not an athiest, but I don't believe in any religion and I believe there is a spirit world, but I don't believe it is a god, just something we can't understand. Also, if there were a truly thoughtful, caring God out there, he (or she) is obviously not in charge. Sometimes I wish I could just fold and make myself believe that if I pray to God, things would be better, but that is not life, really, is it? There is a church here that has a tent in its front yard with folks sitting there night and day welcoming anyone to stop and pray. You have to understand that I live in the belt buckle of the bible belt - East Tennessee - you know, where they ban books. Wouldn't it be nice that we could pray for Aunt Mary to be cured of cancer and it actually happens? How do we explain the holocaust? Or war? Many feel that since they were mostly Jewish. the holocaust really didn't happen. What is that about?

See, nothing but questions, and I think this may be who you are. Always with the questions and the quest for answers. It's not a bad life - and certainly more interesting and keeps you more involved that capitulating to dogma.

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Since the introduction of the "Trump Experience, you know, a new outrage to make people forget yesterday's outrage, we have been programmed to be distracted from these things.

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Apr 15, 2022·edited Apr 15, 2022

Civilization long ago decided it was preferable to let the monsters run wild than to try and stop them, probably because we have met the enemy and he is us. I mean if we can’t even stop a two bit pipsqueak like Putin from terrorizing the entire world…not only can’t stop him really but refuse to even try. Sanctions only hurt regular people, the Imams and Oligarchs and Despots go merrily about their way. See Cuba, Iran, etc. A bullet to the ear is the only thing they understand.

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Like everything else that is going on in the world today, especially America - who is going to do anything about this? More handwringing? More passing the buck or kicking the can, to use overused metaphors? How much longer will the huge majority of common everyday folk in the world, not just America, going to get tired of oligarchs everywhere, not just in Russia? I've lived my life and it has been good - most of it, anyway, but what is my 20 year old son facing? He's smart, skeptical of everything political, but what is he going to face? An evangelical theocracy run by old white men dreaming of their father's world of white privilege and Jim Crow, a cross wreathed in the American flag is what many want to place on us. A theocracy based on the top 2% (oligarchs?) running the world. Putin is a key player in this along with strange bedfellows in the Republican Party (which really doesn't exist any more) and others who are obviously sold on the proposition that autocracy is better than democracy, i.e., freedom, no man above the law, acceptance of the dynamics of a diversified population mix that is just trying to find its way through this maze of white supremacy fanatics when in reality they are a significant minority of our population. This has never lasted in any society, especially a modern society with the communications capabilities we have that has the power, in the right hands, to circumvent the atrocity that is being put on our free society. It's time to wake up and smell the coffee (sorry, another overused metaphor)!

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