Oh yes, Mike, Das Too Rotten Unqualified Mishap Prick must have sneaked out through a fraudulent, illegal alley at the cost of a less privileged young, probably colored guy*. We do not know but we are sure he bought himself out with the money of daddy like a lot of rich white boys. I tried to duck the Dutch Draft myself with the help of a doctor’s attest, but failed and eventually became a cavalry lieutenant in a sleepy army. We almost were sent to the iron curtain, only practiced a bit on the Lüneberger Heide. I learned a lot about myself, the organization and the coping/ducking talents of male human beings, was accepted wearily by the professionals, would have fought with zeal if inevitable and have been killed within 45 seconds after first enemy contact — being in reconnaissance. I understand the guy that tried to evade all this.

*It is documented that the US Army GI often was a colored guy, the staff was white. It is documented too that the French, Dutch and British Armies forcibly recruited thousands of soldiers from their colonies. They were discriminated, underpaid, often dispatched to risky operations and framed out in propaganda movies.

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