Understanding our enemies and ourselves year by year

February 4, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojWfD34HZO4 The national anthem Das Lied der Deutschen  (the Federal Republic of Germany now only uses the third verse). In 1841, the German linguist and poet August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the lyrics of "Das Lied der Deutschen" to Joseph Haydn's 1797 melody. Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, Über alles in der...
December 30, 2013
Japan’s conservative government is considering a requirement that school history textbooks nurture patriotism and include nationalist views of World War II, a departure from the current mainstream texts.   A Shifting View of Japanese History - NYTimes.com.
May 27, 2013
    The moon gives you light, And the bugles and the drums give you music; And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, My heart gives you love. - from Walt Whitman "Dirge for Two Veterans" in Leaves of Grass 1867.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
December 3, 2012
The lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner  are from a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The tune is from the popular British song Anacreon in Heaven written by John Stafford Smith in the 1760s. The Star-Spangled Banner was used by the U.S. Navy in...


  1. JP Garnett

    Interesting website!
    I’m a veteran, and a writer too, and really appreciate your perspective.
    It was disappointing to not share my sense of excitement and enthusiasm for foreign travel–the people, the culture, the experiences, the kindness and generosity of people who became my hosts–with the other enlisted sailors in the Navy when we would travel abroad. I would often find myself alone, but I was fine by that.
    I will browse some more soon.

  2. Mark Smith

    Welcome JP. I am also an Army vet – served in Germany 72-76. What are you writing?


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