- Apr 16, 2012
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Hurrah! Hurrah! We bring the jubilee!Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman knew this during the American Civil War:
"We are not only fighting armies, but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war, as well as their organized armies. I know that this recent movement of mine through Georgia has had a wonderful effect in this respect. Thousands who had been deceived by their lying papers into the belief that we were being whipped all the time, realized the truth, and have no appetite for a repetition of the same experience."
"War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueller it is, the sooner it will be over."
Remember that - even after the bombs were dropped - the emperor's speech to his people announcing the cessation of hostilities included the almost comic evasion, "...the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage", and didn't even include an unequivocal declaration that Japan had, in fact, surrendered.
Hurrah! Hurrah! The flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea,
While we were marching through Georgia.
I'm happy the Union won. I'm a southerner with racist, traitor ancestors. Why can't U.S. southerners be as mature as most Germans, who know how shameful their past is?