I was reading over at Brock's blog when I came across this post. A young person today would have no idea what is being talked about in that article. The Eastern Bloc. The Iron Curtain. Those phrases, Eastern Bloc and Iron Curtain may not have been used directly in the article but they are what the article is about. And Gulags. 100,000,000 dead citizens in the last century. Killed or allowed to die by their own governments.
People don't treat people like that. Do they? Governments don't treat their citizens like that. No way.
We have a nation of uneducated, naive children.
It could never happen here.
I served in an artillery unit with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany from 1972 to 1975. Our area of responsibility was known as the Fulda Gap. It was a large flat plain sitting between several mountain ranges east of Frankfurt and was deemed to be the logical place for an enemy to attack. It was our duty to stop the Russians if they tried to invade western Europe.
The borders between West Germany and her eastern neighbors, East Germany and Czechoslovakia, were manned on both sides 100% of the time. We watched them watch us watch them. It was eerie.
Walls, fences, and wire. And a clear zone. Not a place to screw around.
And then there were the towers.
After my first tour in Germany I spent a little over a year at Fort Hood, Texas. Nothing too exciting there. I requested transfer back to the "Real Army" in Germany and, surprisingly, it happened. We were always told that the only way to leave Fort Hood was to ETS or die. Hmmm....
I went back to Germany and was stationed with a Pershing missle battalion in southern Germany for 3 years. We still had some border responsibilities, even though you didn't need to be real close to anything to get your point across with the Pershing 1A missle system. :)
There were towers and walls and wire there too, in Bavaria.
The thing that most kids these days wouldn't understand is that these towers, walls, and wire weren't to keep us out. They were to keep their own citizens in. Communists.
But, in the end, the West "won". The towers and the walls and the wire aren't there any longer. Communism failed just as it has every time and every place that it has been tried.
It's been 20 years.
It couldn't happen here.