Note: The video footage in this article is intentionally blurred for the privacy of the interviewee.
Jim discusses PTSD
In speaking with Jim, who was interviewed in an earlier article about pulling the plug, he decided to share his thoughts on PTSD. He has PTSD as a result of seeing combat in Viet Nam. He was there during the Tet Offensive and is no stranger to death and destruction. While it was too painful for him to share direct memories of that time, he did decide to make the public more aware that PTSD went unrecognized in many individuals who served in past wars. He wasn’t diagnosed with it until he was in his 60s. He was drafted at 18.
He encourages veterans suffering from PTSD symptoms to get help from their local VA and advises against starting wars. If war must occur, then he recommends that we get in and out quick.
Who started WWI?
With that said, “Weird History 101” has a section entitled I Started WWI. When I was in high school, many moons ago, it was commonly remarked that WWI was started because one guy got shot. For those who have forgotten how WWI started, here is a refresher.
I Started WWI actually contains a firsthand account of a man who “started WWI.” No, it is not the account of Gavrilo Princip, the rebel who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Princip’s shooting of Ferdinand and Ferdinand’s wife Sophia led to nations around the world declaring war. The firsthand account is actually from his co-conspirator Borijove Jevtic.
According to Jevtic, the decision to assassinate the Archduke was spurred by outrage at the date of his arrival in Sarajevo, Bosnia: June 28.
How dared Franz Ferdinand, not only the representative of the oppressor but in his own person an angry tyrant, enter Sarajevo on that day? Such an entry was a studied insult.
Twenty-eight June is a date engraved deeply in the heart of every Serb, so that the day has a name of its own. It is called the vidovnan. It is the day on which the old Serbian kingdom was conquered by the Turks at the battle of Amselfelde in 1389. It is also the day on which in the second Balkan War the Serbian arms took glorious revenge on the Turk for his old victory and for the years of enslavement.
That was no day for Franz Ferdinand, the new oppressor, to venture to the very doors of Serbia for a display of the force of arms which kept us beneath his heel.
Our decision was taken almost immediately. Death to the tyrant!
If only Franz Ferdinand had chosen a different day. After he was shot, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Russia sided with the Serbs. France had an alliance with the Russians, so they entered the war. Germany had an alliance with the Austro-Hungarians, so they declared war on Russia and France, and so on….
Jim discusses shell shock
Jim’s grandfather was actually a WWI veteran. He made it out of the war alive but was diagnosed with shell shock. If they had PTSD as a diagnosis back then, he probably would have been diagnosed with it. But all they had was shell shock, so shell shock would have to do. He was in a mental hospital for a time. When he was released, he always seemed mentally unstable ever after. Jim doesn’t have have any memories of his grandfather appearing not paranoid or dazed. Wars, based on Jim’s experiences, are best avoided or at least finished quickly.