Yes, when someone sees their present life as spoiled beyond redemption they latch on to some imaginary heaven where all will be made good. I understand. We have all gone to that wishful thinking place at times.

Now I know this will be hard for your simplistic, true believer thinking to grasp, but we are both right. Say, if I were on a diplomatic missioned to hopefully prevent war, I would not want you anywhere around me. On the other hand if the mission failed and I was in a foxhole facing the enemy I would want you right next to me.

It is sort of like saying that George Patton was a peacetime moron and a wartime genius. Everyone has their time and place. You just got to be smart enough to know what for and when you are needed. The end!

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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