Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Civil War Reenactments

Wouldn't it be better to reenact war from the field hospitals instead of battles, to give people a real idea about what war is like? To lie on a dirty tarp in a tent open to the air so as not to choke on the stench, listening to moaning and screaming, watching your friends and neighbors die all around you? Suffocating from pneumonia, dying from bacterial infections or viruses, having limbs hacked off to prevent gangrene and then dying anyway? Instead of cooking over an open fire, to go for days without fresh food or clean water and experiencing all of the awful diseases which result?

I understand trying to make history real to kids, but I don't understand the sanitizing and celebration of war.

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