[ExI] civil war denial

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 18 18:58:21 UTC 2017

On Aug 18, 2017, at 11:22 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> In Europe, holocaust denial is a sin, for perfectly understandable reasons.
> In the USA, we are in the process of tearing down monuments to military leaders in our Civil War of 1861-1865.  It starts with the losing side, but the whole notion will likely continue until we take down the others too.  Seems pretty certain we will soon have Civil War deniers, those who claim the whole thing never happened.  How will we handle that?
> Perhaps we should start with an easier one, such as the War of 1812.  What physical evidence do we have?  There are no photos, no remaining witnesses, only accounts written by no one knows who.  We have the music: our National Anthem and that really cool overture by Tchaikovsky but several key pieces of evidence are missing or questionable, such as… the motive.  Why the heck did the redcoats want a rematch?  And think about it: a symphony piece about a supposed conflict between the US and Britain was written by a commie?  Doesn’t that seem a bit fishy?  I have my vague doubts about the whole thing.
> We need to start a new movement: War of 1812 denial.

Who is claiming that the Civil War never happened? Isn't tearing down a monument not about denying the history but actually affirming the history? I mean they want the Lee statue removed because it extols him as a good guy worthy of a monument -- not because the would be removers want us to forget that Lee ever existed.


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