My version of Memorial Day: remembering some of the non-combatant victims of war during the last century or two:
The American South at the hands of Lincoln and Sherman.
Filipinos at the hands of the Americans.
Koreans at the hands of the Japanese.
Up to 1.5 million Armenians of Eastern Anatolia during the First World War, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.
Anyone who live in the lands between Russia and Germany during the first half of the twentieth century…at the hands of the Russians and Germans.
Countless millions of Ukrainians at the hands of Stalin’s forced famine.
Hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens, victims of Stalin’s Great Terror.
German victims of Allied bombings of civilian populations.
Up to 14 million Germans forcibly relocated (and up to 1 million killed) after World War Two, at the hands of the victorious Allies.
There are many more examples: Chinese at the hands of the Japanese; Koreans in the 1950s and Vietnamese in the 1960s and 1970s – both at the hands of American; pretty much everyone living in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
I just haven’t written much about these yet. Look, don’t blame me: you try to keep up with all of these atrocities.
Anyway, that’s my Memorial Day.