Segment 12


There is no superior country and no one has the right to take over another country. The world has not learned that lesson yet. Ettlinger used the G.I. Bill to go to school and get an engineering degree. He became an engineer, and got a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and almost an MBA. He spent the last 12 years of his working life as the deputy program director for his company's participation in providing the United States submarine fleet with their missile guidance system. He ended up spending this time in controlling the finances to do this. His company spent about 300 million dollars on this program.Ettlinger relates that in one submarine, the United States has enough power to end life in the northern hemisphere of the world. In line with what Teddy Roosevelt said, Americans are operating under the philosophy "speak softly but carry a big stick." Ettlinger feels the world cannot afford another world war.The war changed the rest of the world because it allowed the growth of technology that made the life humans live today; television, telecommunications, cell phones have made the world smaller and smaller. People no longer think in terms of nations because countries have become so diversified.The importance of having the World War II Museum [Annotator's note: he deviates here] Ettlinger says about 3/4 of a year ago, there was a program on Sunday morning which had a small video about the Taliban blowing up Buddhist figures in Afghanistan. Ettlinger was intrigued that they showed the banner that was over the Museum of Art in Kabul and it said "No Nation Can Exist Without Culture and History." The Roberts Commission did that; respect human beings and respect each other cultures. That's the lesson. Without history what can teach people what they should be doing? That is the reason why the museum in New Orleans is such an important place. It is a place where people can learn history, provide history and educate others on history that had tremendous influence on human actions.


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