Knoxville — Last week on TV – remember? Pictures of the D-Day landing when Allied troops waded through cold waves, June 6, 1944, to face Nazi guns and land on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Those troops later included a boy from the Wren family in my neighborhood. The family received a “We regret to inform you …” message. Private Leo Wren was gone forever.
D-Day. What was that about? It was the beginning of the end for Hitler and the diabolical idea he promoted that his white, Aryan race was superior. His leadership sent 6,000,000 Jews and others, like homosexuals and Gypsies, to death. We were fighting to save ourselves and the rest of the world from that evil power.
Was that our last war worth fighting? It seems to have been the last war that was an easy call. The Korean “police action” of the 1950s was not a U.S. decision alone. When North Korea moved against South Korea the United Nations intervened to protect international law. Russia then, as in Ukraine right now, stood behind the North Korean incursion. Soldiers from all over the world joined U.S. forces toward a difficult truce that ended active battles.
A word before I go on – whichever war American men and women have fought, I want to thank and cheer them. It’s the wars I’m questioning.
The war in Vietnam was the turnaround after World War II – a turn from war that “we the people” almost totally supported toward wars that we really questioned. In Vietnam, for instance, the U.S. had moved into what had been French Indo-China after the French were defeated and left.
We fought against those winning Vietnamese, even though their leader, Ho Chi Min, was inspired by the U.S. Constitution when he established their government.