They charged into machine gun fire willingly and enthusiastically! As their brothers in front of them were torn apart by the shower of Nazi bullets they ignored their screams of pain and anguish. Instead they picked up the rifles and ammo from their falling bodies before it got wet. They then ran on into the hail of burning lead knowing the call of the same destiny.
How could men do this? They had a vision, a commitment and most of all nothing else mattered more at that moment. It was for a just and honorable cause, the lives of their wives, their families and all that American’s believed in, Freedom!
I have long wondered how humans could commit to such a destiny when they have known so much more? Surely it was not everyone but in the rush to shore those not so willing to sacrifice their lives were dragged along in the current of screaming human flesh rushing to the call of death and destiny. It was for a great cause, it was for an honorable cause, it was for a human cause, it was for God and Country! No matter how good the goal (and I never question these great men) it still spoke of one mysterious magic, something hard to define and explain, the willingness to die for something you believe in! I have always wondered, marveled and been thankful for these men, one of which was my father, whose uniform still hangs in my closet. He did not die in WWII, though he was a medic there on the bleeding grounds covered with bodies; however, he was brave and I am proud of him.
In contrast, just this week I was given a new understanding of how Islamic Terrorism arises and how in many ways it may grow from an energy similar to that which drove the men on Normandy Beach (note I am in no way comparing the soldiers on Normandy Beach to the evil vile nature of terrorists! My only question is how men can willingly give up their lives for a cause.) In the “news” we saw the face of James T Hodgkinson, a homegrown American Terrorist.
Why do I label him a terrorist? Is it not clear that he knew he would die just to kill a few dozen congressmen? Is it not clear that nothing else mattered more at that moment than killing these “evil” humans who had let him and his country down (at least in his mind)? With this event in mind, I think that if we keep an open mind, we can see what makes for terrorists!
If you don’t recall the atmosphere of WWII America (and neither do I personally, I was not born yet), the historical records can make it more clear.
Just look at the Cartoons that were on every movie screen to get a quick idea of how immersed even the children of America were it the war for our very survival.
So I say Congratulations to the fake news media! They have demonstrated the basic technique for turning a person into a killing machine with no regard for their own life. It appears to me that the magical recipe for home growing a terrorist is fake news, 24 hour a day media repeating and distorting every possible event in America to polarize those who forget they have the power to click the remote to OFF! How about FaceBook? Go on most anyone’s facebook page and you will find a mirror of their self deception. As they block and unfriend the opinions they don’t like they begin to swim in a mirror of what they choose to believe. When “news media” makes up any message for money and audience, there is no longer any intent upon sharing the truth of world events and politics. The goal is stirring a frenzy of news consumer emotions and depicting any conflicting news as fake news. Now you have the recipe for home grown terrorists! Make the opposing viewpoint the “fake news” while you are to be seen as the voice of freedom. Now you have a captive audience! Forget about the truth, people don’t stay with you for the truth it is too boring and it requires too much thinking. Feed the frenzy of self deception and make claim to your audience! There is no one to stop you it would seem. Who will die next before we put a stop to Fake News!