Should monuments to those who died fighting for the CSA be removed, just because their cause was wrong in hindsight? And if so - should we also remove the monuments to USA soldiers who died fighting for things like the "Indian Wars" or "Banana Wars"?


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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

No, I don't think those monuments should be removed. As for the CSA, 90% of the soldiers were told they were fighting for their homes and they didn't even have any slaves. They were brainwashed but fought for what they were told was right at the time. The same with the Indian wars and the Banana wars. Those soldiers died for what they thought was right, just like the Vietnam war. No, leave the monuments.

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John Doe
John Doe commented
I don't think you should get a lecture at all. Those men gave their lives for what they were told was "a cause" just like any other war was a cause, or somebody's agenda. I say leave the monuments alone.
Walt O'Reagun
Walt O'Reagun commented
I agree. Absolutely.

IMO, there is also the danger to future generations - by removing monuments to the lives lost for causes later deemed "unworthy" - that people won't learn that what is "worthy" to one generation, may be "unworthy" of those lives lost to future generations. And people won't think about how the cause they support now, may be viewed in the future.

Unfortunately, most people haven't really thought about the lessons of the Nerenberg Trials. If "just following orders is not an excuse" - then soldiers should be questioning orders (and "the cause"). But that is contrary to core military discipline.
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
Yes, it is ! The military wants everyone to just say, YES SIR ! And question nothing.
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Nov Noveltman answered

I think the monuments should remain, but for different reasons than the ones I think Southern conservatives have. We should not be glorifying any past racism, or sexism, or any other bigotry. But we should all be aware that there was a time when people were that hateful toward other members of the human race. These monuments should remain as warnings. No dooming history to repeat itself!

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Walt O'Reagun
Walt O'Reagun commented
I agree.

They should stand as a warning to us and future generations, that what is a "worthy cause" to die/kill for now - may be viewed quite differently in the future.

(I'd also like to see those who vote for sending our soldiers "in harms way" to be the ones to have to personally tell their families when a soldier dies.)

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