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Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by Biak, May 4, 2011.

  1. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    While you may find a few answers from members here I'd like to ask you a few questions and offer a suggestion or two.

    : What grade are you in?.
    : How many books on World War 2 have you read?
    : What ways are you supporting our Troops now?
    : What changes have you noticed caused by today's conflicts?
    : Do you have Family members currently serving, if so how do you feel?
    : Are you considering or Would you considered serving and why?
    : What are your thoughts on Al Qaeda, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Radical Islamic factions?
    : What do you know about them and do you agree they need to be fought against?
    : How safe do you feel considering the last 9 or 10 years?
    : How do you think your lifestyle has been altered due to the events of the last 9 or 10 years.
    : Do You;
    .... Show support by contributing to the USO or other organizations
    .... Offer to help out a Services members Family while they are deployed
    .... Thank a Soldier when you meet one
    .... Donate items to the local Military Unit Support Group near you

    : How do You feel in Wartime America as a teenager.

    What is your personal reaction to the current Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, how do you feel about it?
    As a student yourself; Do you think American schools today are adequately educating it's youth on the current Wars?
    What are some things you would like to share personally about the current Wars.

    The internet is a great way to find answers and I'm sure you will find a few here, but I'd like to offer a suggestion that I feel would benefit you and give you a better understanding of the What, Where's, Why's and How's of the Veteran's of World War 2. Contact a nearby American Legion, Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Assisted Living or Nursing Home and ask to meet face to face with a Veteran who would be willing to sit and talk. Reading a post can help answer a few of the questions but to really understand War, the emotional side of War can be better perceived with a shake of a hand and a sincere desire to learn.

    Good Luck and I hope you "Ace" your assignment.

    *The questions were first asked by "lospinok" and I thought his questions had merit - but with a slight bent*
    * He deserves credit and I do hope he does well*
     
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  2. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Thanks Biak, a good post for the "I just joined and need to interview a veteran" crowd. I've pinned the thread, and if you don't mind I might add a bit of formating, but I'll not change the text.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Patron  

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    I also think it is worthy being a Sticky in the Genealogy forum.
     
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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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  5. Biak

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    chris the cheese Member

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    I don't know how pertinent this thread is to me given that I'm not in the US and not a teenager. I am a student but not at school level rather coming to the end of a PhD, and have already interviewed many veterans and archived the many hours of material and am hoping at some point to do a few more. I am also not on this board trawling for reminiscence, interesting and valuable though they undoubtedly are. But as a student who does engage in this kind of research, I guess I'll share my thoughts anyway - though from the working of the questions my guess is you and I aren't likely to agree on everything.

    Well, I am approaching the end of the third year of my PhD. I have aprx. 15 months left to write up but hope to be done within 8, having got around 40-50,000 words on paper. In the UK school system years (or grades) go upto 13, so I guess that puts me in year 20 of my education.

    I would guess that I have about 200/300 history books and about 50% on WW2, but most of those are reference works, I'm not sure how many I've read cover to cover.

    I pay tax and thus contribute to their wages, though I am far from convinced that spending my taxes on guns and bombs to kill peasants a thousand miles (or so) away is a good use of those funds and have, and will continue, to vote for those who wish to reduce that particular national expense. Unfortunately I seem to be in the minority.

    Well, I suppose the current conflicts have contributed to the UKs national deficit and had a negative impact on our economy. I suppose it has also had an impact on the national media and an interesting discourse analysis could be performed evaluating media perceptions in periods of conflict. Ultimately however little is different. This is not a period which we can describe, perhaps problematically, as "total war". In fact modern conflict is highly limited.

    I did until perhaps a year ago when my cousin left the RAF to get married after 15 years or so of service.

    I did as a teenager, but the realities of modern conflict fought for entirely dubious motives are highly off-putting. While I question sweeping generalisations, I do find the argument that the Second World War was a "just" war a strong one. The same cannot be said of many of the wars which Britain, or the USA, has fought since. In fact the precise reverse is true of many of them and it has rarely been more firmly the case than it is regarding the invasion and occupation of Iraq the reasons for doing so were patently false. I for one will not offer my neck and the best years of my life to fight in "unjust" wars.

    Very little different from any other militant radical faction, such as the Army of God in the States or the IRA in the British Isles. Indeed it seems that the relevance of radical Islam is being vastly over played and is being used as the latest Orwellian Goldstein-type figure to replace communism. A weapon of mass distraction, if you will.

    I know that radical Islam, in its modern militant guise, is as much the product of our own history in the west as it is anything else. One only has to have a perfunctory grasp of the history of western intervention in the Middle East to note that. Osama Bin Laden was funded and armed by the CIA. British political weakness over Palestine helped create many of the problems in modern Israel/Palestine. Over throwing Mossadegh led the rise of the Ayatollah's. In fact Western policy in the ME has been one folly after another and has been for decades. We have helped make this mess and now we are going to have to clean it up. But certainly it needs to be opposed, but more intelligently than it has been.

    Given that you are statistically more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by an Islamic militant, pretty safe.

    Yes, we are poorer.

    N/A

    I don't know any.

    I haven't met an active member of the services for many years. I don't live in a squaddie town.

    See above.

    Again, I'm not in America, but the reality is largely the same. Britain and the US have been involved in one conflict or another for my entire life, and have been all my mothers life and all her mothers life.

    Afghanistan was justified to a degree, but was botched. Iraq... well, the less said about that mess and the cherry picked intelligence which sent our troops in there the better.

    They certainly weren't in the UK when I was still in school.
     
  7. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    Chris,
    The predominant purpose of this thread was to give those who ask a myriad of questions the chance to show an actual interest in the subject. Often, it seems a questioner will ask for help with a plea for answers ASAP due to a deadline and what appears as " I haven't had time to research it myself". I recall one such student who asked for "Everything you know about Pearl Harbor and I need it tomorrow"! Or another, " I'm reading this book and want you to tell me how it ends" as once again the report was due within 24 hours. There is not a member here who is not willing to help and offer suggestion. Many will go above and beyond to assist, if the request comes with sincerity.
    And you might be surprised but I agree with many points you stated above.
     
  8. chris the cheese

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    Well I guess this thread wasn't really directed at me then. I responded because, as noted, I have conducted a fair number of interviews with veterans.

    I can see why requests for information by students who have not put the effort in and done the leg work would be irritating, especially when they say they only have a day or so to write up their work. Essencially they are asking that you provide them with material which they can plagiarise. However I can assure you that I will not be making such requests for information.
     

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