posted on Mar, 4 2014 @ 12:16 AM
Because war is so horrible, we need to make sure that those who hold the power to take us to war are morally upright individuals. And that is not a
term I would use for the majority of politicians in the US, or for the world for that matter. For some reason it seems that politics draws in some of
the worst characters. Oh, they can talk a good game, and they may even be charismatic, but so are some sociopaths. Their exterior does not divulge
what lies underneath.
We know that any war is going to bring atrocities, aside from the killings of the soldiers of the warring sides. There is going to be collateral
damage, no doubt about it. And there are also going to be soldiers, even from countries like America, who are not going to behave as they should when
fighting a war. This is likely due to a variety of things, such as the peer pressure that is created, the feeling of power that comes with deciding
whether or not to take a human life, etc...Some people should not be put in such a position, because just like there are politicians who abuse their
power, there are soldiers who are not going to obey the laws and rules they are tasked with obeying.
Having been in the military, I personally saw people that shouldn't have ever been allowed in. And I swear that during basic training, one of the
guys in the bunk beside mine was mentally challenged. I kid you not either. But I am more worried about the undiagnosed psychological conditions that
soldiers like this likely share with many politicians. Both are seekers of power in a sense, although they go about it in different ways.
Regardless, war is something that should happen as infrequently as possible. Some wars are unavoidalbe, such as WWII. We were directly attacked here
in the US, not to mention that Germany had conquered the whole of mainland Europe. That is a bigger deal than something like Vietnam or Korea, so I
could understand getting involved in WWII even if Japan hadn't attacked at Pearl Harbor. Whether or not we should have been involved in these latter
two wars is a good question, and I don't really know the answer. But I do know that there was so much human suffering that it was absolutely insane,
just like all other wars.