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Old December 21, 2017, 19:34   #151
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Originally Posted by ExCdnSoldierInTx View Post
J hit it on the head again, I'm ashamed to say.

I'm a soldier of the Cold War, when the FAL was king and the Soviets were the enemy.
The ragheads were keeping the Soviets busy in some far away sand pit called Afghanistan, and we cheered them on.
Except when they blew up our guys in Beirut and in other places.
We were too stupid to see the truth. Just like now.
We bought the Party Line fed to us, yet in the next breath wondered how the Russians could be so stupid to buy into theirs.

I bought the Party Line on 9/11, right up until the moment the panzers rolled across the Iraqi frontier. Then I knew I'd been had.


Hard, cold look at reality right there.
"How we burned in the prison camps later thinking: what would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if during periods of mass arrests people had simply not sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, ham- mers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. . . . The Organs [police] would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers . . . and notwithstanding all of Stalin‘s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt." - A. Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago
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Old December 21, 2017, 19:35   #152
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Originally Posted by yellowhand View Post
There are exceptions to every rule.

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Old December 21, 2017, 20:12   #153
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Originally Posted by Story View Post

I did say exception(S)!
You may find me dead in a ditch one day, on my knees, but I will be up to my waist in spent rifle brass.

It ain't the firearms they are wanting to be rid of, its you!
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Old December 21, 2017, 20:56   #154
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