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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

28 May 2006

Is it just me?

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.


How many of you know what that is and where it is from???



I use that quote as the sig file on my primary email account. It has engendered several very widely varied responses. I have had a person tell me that it was vastly inappropriate for a forum where children might read it. (a mailing list concerning fencing) I have had one guy launch into a tirade about me forcing unwanted "socio-political opinions" on him while conducting business. (He bought something from me off Ebay) Lastly I had someone ask my father if I was suicidal because it was so depressing and talked of killing yourself.

Gads. For those who don't know it is a stanza from Kipling's poem The Young British Soldier

Do people just not read Kipling? (Foolish question I know, people don't read much anymore) Sigh. I just liked it after my time in Afghanistan.

Interestingly enough, I didn't use it as a sig line while I was in the country. Then I took this quote from a letter that a Roman Centurion wrote home while off Campaigning in North Africa.
"We hear that there are tumults and riots in Rome, and that voices are raised concerning the army and the quality of our soldiers. Make haste to reassure us that you love and support us as we love and support you, for if we find that we have left our bones to bleach in these sands in vain,then beware the fury of the legions."


Which seemed quite appropo for the time and a pretty good one for any soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan now.

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It's just you.

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Blogger exMI said...

I suspected as much.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not politically correct to read Kipling. In fact, I've known a few people that were more than ready to blast his white supremacist, imperialist apologetics without ever having read them.

If they had actually bothered to read the stuff, they might have realized he wasn't exactly a racist imperialist. Just because you write about a subject doesn't mean you approve. But then, there's no place left for nuance any more, just screeds.

About the only thing sillier is the people that denounce Heinlein as a fascist on the basis of not having read "Starship Troopers" and never having heard of anything else.

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Anonymous opit said...

I thought the story on how the Light Brigade was dispatched on their famous charge in the Crimea by a communications ( punctuation ) bollocks was too near the bone for later experiences.
Just thought you'd appreciate the post at http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/
2006/05/lions_led_by_donkeys.html
Something for Memorial Day to show even civvies can "get it" once in a while.

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Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I don't read poetry, period. Saw the movie The Jungle Book. Does that count?

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Blogger exMI said...

You should read Kipling. It is hardly poetry by today's standards, it si more like a history lesson sometimes.

Besides which, it is fun.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remembered where I read it so I could fetch the title, at least...

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Hi there - what's the original source of the "tumults in Rome" quote?

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HI Pete, frankly I don't know for sure. I cam across it in a book I was reading while I was in Afghanistan and stuck it in my sig file. I don't even remember which book I was reading at the time.

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