Duncan Hunter is a hero to many Americans. I am not among that number.
Commenting on the upcoming trial of a fellow participant in the United States government's invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq, Hunter said “I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians, if not scores, if not hundreds of civilians. Probably killed women and children, if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So, do I get judged too?”
Hunter was a willing participant in the illegal, unconstitutional, unnecessary war of aggression against the country of Iraq. He obviously shows no remorse for his callous indifference to the suffering, destruction, death and chaos he helped to inflict on the people of that country; people who had not attacked the United States; people who were of no threat whatsoever to the citizens of the United States.
I suspect that if Duncan Hunter had been born in 1840, rather than in 1976, he would have gladly participated in the Yankee Empire's invasion and destruction of the Confederate States of America.
At the behest of Abraham Lincoln, he would have willingly donned the blue uniform of the Yankee invaders. Hunter surely would have kicked down doors of Southern farmhouses, and set barns ablaze.
He would have participated in the slaughter of hogs and cows which belonged to the women and children left behind by the men who were defending Dixie against the invading U.S. Army; hogs and cows which would have provided meat, milk and butter to sustain Southern families through the winter months. If any Southern women or 12 year-old boys had resisted his violence, he likely would have run his bayonet through their hearts without flinching. Surely Duncan Hunter would have smiled as he looked back over his shoulder to see the smoldering ruins of Atlanta, or Vicksburg, or Chattanooga in the distance. In 1890, Duncan Hunter would likely have reminisced fondly of his time in the Union Army, recollecting his killing of 'hundreds of Rebel civilians.'
Is Duncan Hunter a hero? Sure, he is, to Americans who glory in the invasion and destruction of defenseless countries thousands of miles from America's shores. To an unreconstructed Southerner, Duncan Hunter is just another pawn in the Yankee Empire's killing machine.
Anthony Powell is an unreconstructed Southerner, a married, home-schooling father of seven, four of whom are still at home. He and his wife own a screen-printing business. He is a life-long resident of rural Wayne County, Mississippi, who has lived on the same 20 acres his entire life. In his spare time, he hunts, fishes, enjoys Scrabble with his children, and plays bluegrass music.