I would normally not either but if an honest answer is genuinely requested, then if not I, who? Must bear that answers burden.
My response is not without due thought and consideration, or without due respect to the finality and irreversible consequences of those kind of actions. ( I shudder at the possibility, have infinite respect for the courage and strength of those ( You all know who you are and include you John) that have lived through and persevered in the face of such terrible times.
You make such an important point about the reality of such things that I feel I must make certain to say to any who may read this.
I make these statements as I said, “If the final solution has come and stands at my doorstep”.
I intend no Bravado or imply any glory or romance in the killing, and suffering of war.
Should we not hope to have opportunity of spending a night with someone, instead of only being able to read their name upon a memorial wall?
For me, if the end were truly at hand, the only saving grace in any of it would be to stand and fight.
Not for me, but for those I believe in. For the families loved by the ones I believe in. For your son, John. For the recent newborn children and grandchildren of our very own members.
God forbid that ever coming true, but if so I would consider the cost of my life a bargain, to give them the future and good life I have been allowed.
I find nothing bittersweet in that.
May my spirit have the strength, and my heart have the courage, to not fail if I ever see such times.