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War is old men talking, young men fighting

A Common Sea:

Amen…

Originally posted on musingsofanoldfart:

The above title is a paraphrased line from the movie “Troy” and while I cannot find it among any of the quotes from Homer’s “Iliad” it still resonates with me. Achilles is highly frustrated with Agamemnon and the other kings celebrating the day’s victory in battle, which none of them fought in. He is counseled with these words. You know what war is all about – “war is old men talking and young men fighting.”I use this quote today to honor our men and women who have fought in battles. They are the ones who put their lives in harm’s way and it is they who should be commended.

If you fought for your country, whether the cause was justified or not, you deserve to be honored. When you are lying in the mud or a foxhole and are being shot at, whether we went into a war without…

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3 thoughts on “War is old men talking, young men fighting

  1. Many thanks for the reblog. George Dowdell had a great post this am on this subject. Here is a link. http://georgedowdell.org/2013/11/11/the-sorrow-of-war/

    Posted by btg5885 | November 11, 2013, 13:26
    • Thanks for sharing that link! He makes some brilliant points. I think it’s a fine line between giving one’s life for defense of one’s country and being sacrificed for geopolitical reasons. I fear we see more of the latter, and will continue to see that, until we start electing leaders and not politicians.

      ~Lynn

      Posted by A Common Sea | November 18, 2013, 02:51
  2. Thanks. I find George’s posts very inspiring as he is out there walking the talk.

    Posted by btg5885 | November 18, 2013, 10:54

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