As far as i'm aware, most monument to violent leaders were commanded by those violent leaders themselves and quickly destroyed when they either die or dethroned.
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed. And on the pedestal these words appear -- "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Preventing your country from being overrun by the bad guys, from being subjugated, from the women being raped and the children enslaved, from resources which are yours from being put to use to benefit the invaders.
That's plenty humanitarian for me.
I have a question: If someone feels they have benefited from another kind of humanitarian, what is stopping them from erecting a statue to memorialize them?
You know, if those words were spoken by an Afghani, I could understand them better. When was America last invaded? Remind me, I'm not that up on US history.
A long time ago, thanks to our military making it a losing proposition and possibly our shame and embarrassment over losing the War of 1812 to...wait for it...wait for it...wait for...
The graphic in the OP was general, not U.S. specific, making my reply general and unspecific.
RE: "That's plenty humanitarian for me." - I agree, let's all contribute to monuments for those brave Generals and Presidents who sent young boys to beat back the hordes of Iraqis and North Vietnamese, and North Koreans from our beaches and sent them back into the sea, where they belong. I've got a dollar - anybody with me?
Got a list of these monuments to Generals and Presidents? Just the ones where the monument is to thank them for sending (and I quote) "young boys to beat back the hordes of Iraqis and North Vietnamese, and North Koreans from our beaches and sent them back into the sea, where they belong."
So 200 years ago then. That statement you made sounded like the beat of a mighty patriotic drum to be expressing 'general and unspecific' opinion. I have never encountered general and unspecific views regarding 'preventing your country from being overrun by the bad guys...etc'. Very interesting... (Arch, where's your graphic?)
Like I said, the graphic wasn't talking about a particular country, but was phrased in a general way. It could apply as well to any number of countries.
RE: "Got a list of these monuments" - if you got a handle on your ADD and read my entire comment, you'd have seen that I was suggesting monuments to those who have been responsible for "Preventing your country from being overrun by the bad guys, from being subjugated, from the women being raped and the children enslaved, from resources which are yours from being put to use to benefit the invaders," from all of those Iraqi, N. Vietnamese and N. Koreans we've had to beat off of our shores through the years.
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