|War Is Not A Game And Yields Many Unintended Consequences!|
Governments are not always dependable and instead of protecting the rights of those they govern and serving the people they tend to stray into other less mundane ventures. Governments are often attuned and highly geared to serve the agendas of special interest. This is one of the main reasons they often lead us into wars. It is not that the average person has a burning lust for bloodshed and destruction that takes us down this path. The argument that human nature leads us to war is pure folly, if that were true people would rush spontaneously towards such carnage and joyfully kill their neighbors. Governments go to enormous lengths to persuade people to go to war using the tools of patriotic seduction, propaganda, and coercion. Governments convince and mobilize the people by painting a picture of an evil enemy that must be stopped.
It seems the first casualty of war is the truth. In the song "The Patriots Dream" by Gordon Lightfoot, the songwriter talks about old men blinding young men by their past glories and sending them off to their deaths. Societies that claim each and every life as equal and valuable often experience a disconnect when it comes to war, especially when it comes to the dead of their enemy. Time and time again peaceful men have shown the amazing ability to be transformed into killing machines. War can be very corrupting to the physiology of the soldiers participating and asked to kill civilians and noncombatants. Desensitized to death, these soldiers often find adjusting and returning to normal society impossible. War poisons all the participants.
|War Is Ugly|
Lack of Knowledge does not bode well for society when it comes to our ability to foster intelligent government. The term "need to know" should be revisited and changed to "we all need to know as much as possible". Time and time again we have seen that social and political evolution is preferred over revolution which is often unstable. Bubbling up through the forces that bring us to war is the stupid and shameful myth that it is good for the economy. While war does line the pockets of a few industrialists and businessmen the cost is great and outweigh the benefits. War brings about the wrong kind of economic growth.
War tends to be a Pandora's box rather than the easy answer we often seek. Conflicts will always exist in our world, we must work towards developing a consensus of what is in man's best interest. Yes, we must defend ourselves, but as stated earlier in this article, mothers value their children, the peasant in a rice patty field values his ox, neither want them killed in a war. If we look at every war ever fought we will find that most of the people affected by the violence only wanted to be left alone. Though we live in an imperfect world mankind should not bring more misery upon himself by self-inflicting injury. We must remember and mourn for all of the heroes that keep dying for God and Country at the request of the latter.
Footnote; This post dovetails with many of my recent writings. Other related articles may be found in my blog archive, thanks for reading, your comments are encouraged.
Footnote #2; An issue that has become more relevant today is that of sovereign borders. Below is an article that explores some of the reasons on why we can't just get along.