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6 Of 7 Tips: Up 1948 Berlin Creek With Genghis, Joe Stalin, Ivan and No Paddle

Aug 1, 2008
Your experiences in American antiques history do not have to go too far from Kansas, Dorothy, to find you are in a strange new land. Take 1948 Berlin. Please. If you are in the Soviet Army and your name is Genghis, you and your pony get to honeymoon at the very western edge of your old Empire. Where? Right in the heart of old stuffy Europe at the Brandenburg Gate! Ya? Promise you will not be good? Ya. Off you go then, here is your gun, you provide the menace. Oh, ya!

Downtown East Berlin. Where a good Mongol soldier gets to see the west and pleasure himself. A fraulein. His pony. Here a man can have such a powerful sneer yet not move a muscle. I met Genghis, and he khan do what he wishes on his time. And his time is not our time, not by any ticking bomb of civilization or anywhere else. Take Moscow. Please. Ulan Bator. Perhaps you needed to be have there but you can smell fear and loathing I found early in life at Berlin's Wall. No doubt any soldier from anywhere would really just love to put down his arms and come home, where some one loves him.

And or now, her. And that would be me. From 1948, it was such a flight. From 1961 my grand tour almost went so off the track before it began. I don't think my ancestor Sir Francis went to Berlin. Lucky for him. Lucky for me. Now it is up to you. How you take these fleeting comments, like the airman at the gate noticing the starving giggling nerv ous children of Berlin is inside you. Blink and the moment is gone, unrealized. That G.I. Joe gave the kids of Berlin such a lift and the chocolates that fluttered down in airmen's hankies told every other child in Berlin.

And she told her parents, and they told their neighbors, that like God in the heavens, there was mercy. Chocolate! From the sky, same place as where the bombs come from. A miracle. That had to originate in a very loving place where a man could develope such a good heart. Where is that airman from, mamma? America. God bless you America. And if you have my rare but limited capacity for excitement by now you are rather topped up. And then, you notice your bride went past that post before you ever stepped on that train to Berlin.

It's a long way to Hamburg heaven. Sigh. You go search for that better door. Nuremburg. We can fly there. Gone. And that was a story in itself. But did we live through all that horror? Yes. Will I rush back into that. Nyet. Chocolate bomb me right here at home, danke. But if you have goodness in your bones- it is bred in the bone, perhaps- you make that good thing happen. You do not need the applause. That airman dropped those hanky parachutes on the children of Berlin because it just seemed the right thing to do.

Why? Well, Sir, thosee poor skinny kids seemed just so wretched and pathetic. I just felt if they had some chocolate the next day it would be better than tree bark and roots. Now he, and when you do, you, get to smile the rest of your life as your memory burps that back up to please you from time to time ever after. Put that next to your best grandpa award. What a cruel irony that lump of coal for Christmas in the Feed The Children Care box will have them sing with joy. Yes, indeed.

The bomb story is the big news of the century I am sure. Less than three years after Hiroshima and they now have a bomb that can create the destructive power of a million Hiroshimas. Do we really need that right now? No, Walter we do not. We need to have our boys and girls come home again. it is time, gentle men and women of America, to come home. Your nation and so much of the free world adores you, have no doubt of that.
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Derek Dashwood enjoys noticing positive ways we progress, the combining of science into the humanities to measure politics, wise use and mis use of power and protective love at
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