The theft of land from one culture or nation by another, usually by means of war. The European culture acquired the Americas by conquest. China acquired Tibet by conquest. "Conquest is morally equivalent to theft." But the conqueror must assimilate the conquered.

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He stands alone on a mountain of regret and self loathing.
His winter coat looks ratty and he cannot seem to stop shaking from the cold.
It is summer, but it is a summer spent in a cold climate, soaking wet.

Somewhere within himself he hopes to find that which is not lost yet is misplaced,
A simple melody of resolve and self-confidence to get him through the day.
He has no more comrades. He is alone, and somehow this has made him stronger.

He may die today. But he can survive.
He needs to know what it is he is surviving for first.

He was a simple boy, but he went to war, and war changed him.
It shamed his family to know he was a murderer. He shamed his country with his mere existence. He knew this, but he was disconnected from what America was or what America even ment now.

Betrayed by his nation, by his people, by his commanders.
Betrayed by everyone except the people who were trying to kill him.

He went to Vietnam, and Vietnam changed him. It was warm, but it was war, and a chill crept up his spine.

If I ever saw him again I would say thanks.
For fighting for peacenik asshole uncaring idiotic quaker flagburners like myself.
And helping to fight a war we wouldn't fight.

He lived, but his soul died in Vietnam. His body went on for a lot longer than he wanted it to.
He fixed that problem which I helped to create, and I am ashamed.

The sucessful conquest in Vietnam was the subjugation of the majority of a generation of American soldiers, by the American Populace and The United States Government. Immorality and inhumanity won the day, back home.

Con"quest (?), n. [OF. conquest, conqueste, F. conquete, LL. conquistum, conquista, prop. p.p. from L. conquirere. See Conquer.]

1.

The act or process of conquering, or acquiring by force; the act of overcoming or subduing opposition by force, whether physical or moral; subjection; subjugation; victory.

In joys of conquest he resigns his breath. Addison.

Three years sufficed for the conquest of the country. Prescott.

2.

That which is conquered; possession gained by force, physical or moral.

Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? Shak.

3. FeudalLaw

The acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance; acquisition.

Blackstone.

4.

The act of gaining or regaining by successful strugle; as, the conquest of liberty or peace.

The Conquest Eng. Hist., the subjugation of England by William of Normandy in 1066.

Syn. -- Victory; triumph; mastery; reduction; subjugation; subjection.

 

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