Thanks! I think it's the romantic nature of the war.
Any one who regards war as romantic, has an extremely adolescent view of war, and needs to do a lot more reading about war. War in not in the least romantic.
I think your service makes you a little sensitive on the subject sir, with all due respect. I have not read the books you mentioned about the South Pacific but I know of it's horror. I have read Bob Johnsons book. He didn't kill that pilot in "cold blood". He did it becuase the pilot was so highly skilled in the dog fight, even against Robert Johnsons superior plane. Bob knew that once that pilot hit the ground with his chute open, he would be back in the air, killing pilots that weren't as good as Bob.
Surely you can even see the logic in that. It did make me sad to read that. War is a horror that I can only imagine with sick stomach, having not been in one. I am very "adolescent" in the manner I write, feel and describe things that I find beauty in.
I find beauty in courage and self sacrafice. You've read plenty of those accounts in his books I'm sure. That is romantic to me. Self Sacrafice and courage in the most ugly situation the world could give you. (I don't think the same about suicide bombers or even Kamakazi pilots) I do find courage in a fock wulf ramming a B-17 when he's out of ammunition or damaged and would rather give his life than see those bombs fall on his home towns killing many more people than him and the crew of that bomber.
Many people in this forum find an agreement with me on this subject. For you, it must be something you either don't agree with or hits far too close to home. I could understand that. I haven't served my country. You have.
You don't strike me as the poet, desperate romantic type. Rather, a disciplined man with wisdom and experience. I could be wrong. Well, as much as you may dislike types like me who search desperately for shreds of beauty among horrors, it's simply a matter of perspective. I think the atrocities of the war are sickening as I'm sure you do. I'm a creative writer who tries to see a few beautiful trees in a forest full of dead ones. Perhaps you just see all the dead ones.
Regardless; I respect your opinions and facts you bring to these discussions. I'd apprectiate it if you would stop pulling rank and trying to belittle a young man like myself who has nothing but respect for people that serve our country.