Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Purging history

History revisionists are at it again.

There's talk that portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson may be out at the U.S. War College.

Sorry, doesn't seem right. The War College isn't supposed to be exclusively about U.S. figures and tactics anyway. Besides Lee and Jackson were certainly central figures in a more broadly defined U.S. military experience.

If this purge of Lee and Jackson takes place, what's next? Bulldozing Lee's house at Arlington?

Or maybe the PC crowd will call for something like the Taliban did to an ancient Buddha in Afghanistan, and blast the Confederate memorial off the side of Georgia's Stone Mountain.

It's been said, "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."  Perhaps those who attempt to purge history are setting us up, intentionally or not, for disastrous consequences down the road.

Update: Was the story overblown? Or is the War College now playing a game of Duck and Cover?

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