Letter: Safe, Kind, and Friendly

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Knoxville, TN 37902

To refer to Confederate Sympathy as a dangerous trend is simply ridiculous. [“Security Threat Level Gray,” Letters, April 19, 2012] The South did not try to destroy any nation. They just wanted to form a separate nation, and become part of North America along with the United States, Canada, and Mexico. When Mr. Long states that by current estimates, the American Civil War led to more loss of American life than Nazism, the Vietcong, and Al-Qaeda combined, he is definitely fantasizing. Approximately 600,000 Americans lost their lives in the War Between the States. The Nazis, Vietcong, and Al-Qaeda have killed millions.

Mr. Long, if you do not like this part of the U.S., maybe you should move up north where all is safe, kind, and friendly. In the meantime, you could return to school and try to study American history... that is, if you can read.

Lastly, Mr. Long, have you ever served in the military? I have 26 years total active duty and ready reserve. I served in Vietnam as a grunt in ’68-’69 and the Persian Gulf in ’90-’91. My great-great grandpa, Bailey Bowden, served with the Overton County Infantry CSA, in the War Between the States.

James A. Bowden

Knoxville

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Comments » 1

CL writes:

It is ridiculous. The intent was to show how careful framework and contemporary rhetorical language can easily be used to mis-characterize benign groups, especially ones somehow "different," and to point out the dangers of letting politicians define terms at will.

As to the numbers, a 2010 report by the Congressional Research Service by A. Leland and MJ Oboroceanu indicates US casualties of WWII at just under 406,000 and Vietnam under 60 000, while Military Times cites under 6 500 total US deaths for Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn combined. Add in the 3 000 for 9/11 and we wind up around 475 500, or approximately the total number of US deaths in WWI short of the 600 000 for the Civil War.

Millions died in WWII, but they were mostly Eurasian Allied forces and civilians east of the Rhine doomed by accident of birth - the same sort of people who soon after the war had nukes aimed at them for the crime of having been overtaken by Communism.

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