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Comments on: For those who’ve been on the other side of the wall http://www.nicedoggie.net/2007/?p=1342 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:56:32 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.3.2 By: SoCalOilMan, LC http://www.nicedoggie.net/2007/?p=1342#comment-51561 SoCalOilMan, LC Tue, 20 Nov 2007 06:10:52 +0000 http://www.nicedoggie.net/2007/?p=1342#comment-51561 I had to go back a couple of times and reread the post. I missed VN by a hairs breath, but have had many friends and acquaintances who went. For some reason, quite a few of them (late at night, just the two of us, possibly drinking one to many) would start telling me about what they saw and went through. I was alway uncomfortable being I had spent my life on this side of that wall. I understood war is way worse than anything I could imagine and it puts people in a place they rather not be, dealing things and feelings they never thought they have to. All I could do was listen. I didn't want to ask to many questions, being afraid of pushing them into areas that maybe they didn't want to go. So many times I felt they were asking me if what happened was the right thing to do. Some of the stories I was told were things I didn't even want to deal with in a theoretical sense, let alone having to live with having it be an actual part of my life. All I could do is listen, try to feel whatever pain they felt and tell them that the person I know now is a good person. To those who have served, I have nothing but respect and gratitude. I can never forget what you sacrificed to keep me safe behind that wall so that I do not have to see the side of mankind that I would love to believe isn't there, but know lies just beyond the idealistic palisade we have erected to convince us that we are now civilized. Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

I had to go back a couple of times and reread the post. I missed VN by a hairs breath, but have had many friends and acquaintances who went. For some reason, quite a few of them (late at night, just the two of us, possibly drinking one to many) would start telling me about what they saw and went through. I was alway uncomfortable being I had spent my life on this side of that wall. I understood war is way worse than anything I could imagine and it puts people in a place they rather not be, dealing things and feelings they never thought they have to.

All I could do was listen. I didn’t want to ask to many questions, being afraid of pushing them into areas that maybe they didn’t want to go.

So many times I felt they were asking me if what happened was the right thing to do. Some of the stories I was told were things I didn’t even want to deal with in a theoretical sense, let alone having to live with having it be an actual part of my life.

All I could do is listen, try to feel whatever pain they felt and tell them that the person I know now is a good person.

To those who have served, I have nothing but respect and gratitude. I can never forget what you sacrificed to keep me safe behind that wall so that I do not have to see the side of mankind that I would love to believe isn’t there, but know lies just beyond the idealistic palisade we have erected to convince us that we are now civilized.

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