Along the Tracks

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Medals of (dis)honor? contributing writer Lynn Thompson has a great column posted today on the effort of the "medals of (dis)honor" movement to rescind the Congressional Medals of Honor given to U.S. soldiers involved in the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.

This is a tough call. As Lynn notes, the event was clearly a massacre. Yet, as it unfolded, soldiers took fire and, in the case of at least 20 according to the official record, acted above and beyond the call of duty. For one local soldier, Private Joshua Hartzog of Paulding County, that meant rescuing a wounded lieutenant and carrying him out of danger as bullets whizzed.

Lynn points out military "discipline has never come from unquestioning obedience. It comes from trust." Commanders broke that trust during the massacre, yet many individual soldiers acted bravely and honorably as it unfolded.

I think Lynn makes a strong case for allowing the medal to stand. Go read it and decide for yourself.

While we're at it, shall we change Columbus Day to Hate Columbus Day? I mean, after all... he was like a little hitler, in many ways, and we celebrate him.

Our history is chock full of treating villians as hero's. It's the tradition of the anglo-american. I think it's more important to make sure it is not the american future as well.
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