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10th-Jun-2010 10:34 am
Some Political organization just sent me an e-mail which started with the pronouncement that:

This week, Afghanistan became the longest war in the history of our country -- longer than Vietnam, and longer than World War II.

I'm not going to do research to validate the veracity of that.

I'm not going to pretend I have any answers.

I will let it get me down, though.
10th-Jun-2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
That may be the most depressing thing I've head in weeks, nay months. Thanks for sharing. I'd share my thoughts but I suspect I'd be preaching to the choir.
10th-Jun-2010 04:22 pm (UTC) - It depends
We still have troops stationed in Korea, and there was never a peace treaty just an armistice, so technically we are still "at war" with North Korea.
10th-Jun-2010 09:50 pm (UTC) - Re: It depends
Not to be picky, but that wasn't a "war" it was a police action. I'm only saying that, because I've been corrected so many times I'd like to scream. I know there is no difference, people died, but.
10th-Jun-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
1) Afghanistan isn't a war, it's an insurgency. (Though Heinlein's words on your being just as dead if you die in an insurgency as in a war do then spring to mind.)

2) Does said organisation ever refer to the "War on Drugs"? If so, I think that has all the others beat and then some...

10th-Jun-2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
That's right, it wasn't war, it was a specific person, and while the government at the time was "shielding" him "war" wasn't declaired.

I hate all the dancing around our various governemts do (and at this points there are three in the conversation) war is war. People die. Isn't that enough to cal it a war? that's why we have "detainees" not "POWs" I'd like to go kick something, hard. But that wouldn't help would it.
10th-Jun-2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
There's one war that's been going on longer than any of those mentioned. Utah Phillips sings of it in "Larimer Street."
"Now I'm finding' out there's just one kind of war:
It's the one goin' on 'tween the rich and the poor"
I really like the two lines that follow, but they're irrelevant to this discussion.
Class war has been going on way longer than any other, and right now, I'd have to say, it's a losing battle for the poor.
19th-Jun-2010 02:50 am (UTC)
A quick bit of digging says not quite yet. It did recently pass the Revolutionary War though.

Vietnam War: August, 1964 to April, 1975 = 9 years, 8 months
(American involvement began in the late 1950s, but major U.S. combat forces began taking part in large unit combat in 1964)

Afghanistan: October, 2001 to present = 8 years, 9 months.

American Revolution: April, 1775 to September, 1783 = 8 years, 4 months.
19th-Jun-2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
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