Franz-Stefan Gady: Iraq, Stalingrad, Gettysburg and the Limits of Remembrance
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot," exclaims Shakespeare's Henry V in his fervid St. Crispian's day speech on the eve of the battle of Agincourt in 1415. In the observance of this month's 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq there appears to be no danger of consigning this event to oblivion. Most soldiers who participated in the invasion are still (relatively) young, and the historical verdict about the war is far from settled. In a few decades, however, Henry's words will echo true, and we will all but have forgotten this brief American foray into the Middle East. Anniversaries show us the eventual futility and limits of human remembrance -- especially when it comes to tragic political events like wars and battles.
2013 marks a striking confluence of martial anniversaries: the 200th anniversary of the 'Battle of Nations,' or the Battle of Leipzig, as it is known today, the biggest and bloodiest engagement of the Napoleonic Wars; the 150th anniversary of the Bat
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