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The Cold War Vets

Today is Veterans Day, when we honor those who have served. The WSJ has an interesting article up today on a group of veterans that are often neglected: those of the Cold War.

This weekend, Americans will honor soldiers who fought the country’s wars, from the Somme to Kandahar. In Manassas, Va., 30 miles from the nation’s capital, a parade on Saturday will honor veterans of another big war: the one that never happened.

The Cold War, from 1945 to the Soviet Union’s breakup in 1991, was all about avoiding total nuclear war. It turned hot in Korea and Vietnam and sparked conflicts from Lebanon to Grenada. But soldiers on duty between flare-ups didn’t do battle. When the war that wasn’t came to an end, they got no monuments, no victory medals.

Nor can they join the American Legion—which makes the parade of Cold War vets in Manassas a minor hot spot of its own.

The Cold War erupted into two major conflict in Vietnam and Korea. But for many, it was an undeclared quiet war, without parades or victories or medals; only casualties. But the millions and men and women who, sometimes figuratively sometimes literally, stood on the wall against the encroachment of one the greatest evils in human history should not be forgotten. The only reason the Cold War did not erupt into a shooting war in central Europe was because they stood on that wall, rifle in hand, tank manned, missiles ready to fly — letting the Soviet Union know that not a step would be taken into the free nations of the world without a price.

I know we have veterans who read this blog, including some who served in shooting wars. Today is the day we set aside to remember and thank them not just for the freedom we enjoy, but for the peace we enjoyed. The ones who fought in Vietnam and Korea shed real blood and all too many made the supreme sacrifice. But those who stood on that wall for almost half a century did their part too, making sure that war stayed as cold as it did. Had they not, it’s likely all of us would be somewhere quite warm right now.

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  1. Seattle Outcast says:

    Just a couple of thoughts about the Cold War (and I’m an American Legion member from that time frame, though they count differently and I never saw anything remotely resembling armed conflict)

    1) Lots of libtards are now actively trying to deny the Cold War actually existed. It was all in our heads, and we were just being paranoid and forcing the peace-loving USSR to respond to our baseless threats and suspicions. I expect CM to be one of those morons.

    2) People under 30 (maybe even 35) have no fucking clue as to what was going on. It’s like all the boomers being clueless about the Great Depression – just some old history that their parents don’t talk about.

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  2. Thrill says:

    If you think that’s scary, SO, you ought to hear what middle school kids think about 9/11. They’ve grown up without seeing the original footage on tv and mostly know about the Truther theories.

    It’s ugly.

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  3. CM says:

    Thanks SO, even on Veteran’s Day you can’t help humping my leg. You just ooze class don’t you.

    Great post Hal.

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  4. Thrill says:

    Just enjoy it, CM. Being the villain of RTFLC is fun. The only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about, after all.

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  5. Seattle Outcast says:

    Notice you didn’t deny it, so thanks for confirming.

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  6. CM says:

    Great post Hal.

    Notice you didn’t deny it, so thanks for confirming.

    Even Dick Morris gets it right more often than you, and that’s saying something.

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  7. West Virginia Rebel says:

    As the Cold War was a generational conflict, maybe it doesn’t have the same resonance that shooting wars have. It was something people grew up with and I don’t think most people who grew up towards its end really thought about it unless it made headlines. The CIA, when they did things right, deserves a lot of the credit. A big debt is owed to Strategic Air Command and NORAD as well.
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  8. Miguelito says:

    Rewriting history for a change. Just like Stalin not having killed anyone. Hey, he’s a prof of Medieval English, so it must be true.

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  9. Hal_10000 says:

    Fucking hell, Miguelito, I am burning up with rage just watching that clip. Not just the bullshit he spews but the confidence with which he spews it. That’s going up in a post, my friend.

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  10. Kimpost says:

    Rewriting history for a change. Just like Stalin not having killed anyone. Hey, he’s a prof of Medieval English, so it must be true.

    That was just creepy…

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