Used to walk jungle on lookout for landmines with my sense of direction on full automatic
Young men go off to war and die, or come home to live with a damaged pysche the rest of their lives. None escape, it's just a matter of to what degree are they damaged. A hell of a note. Well done again, Victor!
Wow. I'm sending this to my dear friend who is a vet and his writing reminds me of yours tho from a different war, but even with the all the ways wars are different they are the same in the endgame
"Not a dream, Doc. A screenplay that started false and became true. A tale of retaliation that grew into obsession. A story of young men made mad through the sheer exercise of will. Everybody loved it."
Amazing and tragic. And true. You always finds the words, Victor. Well done.
That governments can arbitrarily demand that their citizens go out and start killing one another has always struck me as the peak of madness. It is one of the reasons I suppose that I have always felt so at-odds with a sense of nationalism and national pride - there is a circle there that I cannot square.
As I read news coming out of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I wonder if humanity gets anything at all. If anything has been learned or even can be. The horror of being ordered to go kill your fellow man until one side simply can take it no longer, or until both sides lose interest. For a moment I considered saying that this is bestial - but that strikes me an insult to the other animals who share our planet. Humans are unique in their lust for destruction.
This is a terrible story that needs to be told again and again until more people begin to get it. Thank you for telling it, and encapsulating that telling in an eloquence that belies its brutality.
Nice seed crystal.
A heart-breaking tragedy here. For the life of me, I don't know how you manage to get into the head of a character like this one. Pure genius, Victor. Just recently, Jim Cummings wrote a story (Death Art) about a young man driven insane, that was equally as disturbing to me. I am pretty sure I could not write madness.