“Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.” Fr. John Sheehan, S.J.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
When Kurt Vonnegut hitchhiked his way from Camp Atterbury, home to Indianapolis, having just been mustered out of the second world war...what was on his mind?
Was he thinking about the fire-storm that he survived in Dresden, war in general or did he realize that the mental notes he had made about these events would turn into a best-seller? When he penned "Slaughter-House Five", did he realize the importance of having been the sole journalist on the scene of the Dresden massacre would win, then lose importance in the Amerikan view of the "good war"?
When it was celebrated as the great war novel, it was quickly shoved into that genus of "leftist" efforts and appreciated only for it's excellence as a novel... with it's historical proportions being tsk...tsk-ed by all reviewers and hence to literary history.
Was he, like his protagonist Billy Pilgrim, naive and unaware of the importance of such a journalistic, not novel observation? I think not. Like he said many times..."Hi-Ho".
I think he was ambivalent about his experiences in the war and his keen mind that judged them. He simply gave up in the face of publishers and well-wishers, the idea that WE were the "AXIS" after all. Who else could be capable of horrific mass-murder on a scale such as Dresden...a city destroyed with no military objective other than terrorism? To take such observations to their logical conclusion might have brought this journalist/novelist's career to an early end. I can't say I blame him for throwing a "sucker-punch" and leaving it at that.
But it says much about the "winner" status. The winners write the history, they say. We are living that even now. With god-only-knows how many holohoax museums from Auschwitz to Alaska...the lies are forever present...formulating the next "good war".
Posted by Timster at 8:43 PM