Posts tagged with "military"
Just finished watching a documentary about the horses of the First World War. Such respect for them; it’s a shame that the animals of combat are often forgotten. You don’t have to be a human to be a hero after all!
“It is the Soldier”
“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
By Charles M. Province (US Army Veteran).
Practical Criticism of “Why Men Love War” by William Broyles Jr. ©
“Why Men Love War” by William Broyles Jr.
William Broyles Jr. was a First Lieutenant during the Vietnam war after he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in 1968, where he saw combat on various occasions and was awarded Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with the Silver Star for his actions in the conflict. For this reason, the reader of “Why Men Love War”, an article written by Broyles for Esquire, would instantly recognise that this man speaks with first hand knowledge and accuracy.
“Why Men Love War” is written as a semi-autobiographical piece, where Broyles reflects upon his experiences of the war and attempts to convey his belief that mankind is intensely attracted to warfare in various ways, even if it publicly condemns it. Broyles explains that whilst it is the social norm to view war as “ugly, horrible and evil” (and rightfully so), there is also an unavoidable appeal to it also.