posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 11:48 AM
War is never a pleasent thing, and the reality is that when there is an armed conflict, then people die. Over the thousands of years of the human
race, there has always been conflicts and wars, and people die. Military, for better or for worse, are trained to kill, that is their job. The
reason why the causalty list is high, is not cause the soldiers are not doing what they are suppose to do, the problem is that this conflict is being
interfered with politicians.
When a country goes to war, there needs to be several things that are essential to win. The first is a viable goal. Those who are fighting, need to
know what that goal is, as they want to go home when it is achieved or know that they are going to make it home. The other is a clear cut chain of
command. The US and most western countries are goverened by a civillian government, as it should be, however, in the matters of the military and
military conflicts, the politicians need to step back. The troops are under conflicting orders on what and when they can attack. No one wants to
hear that the military doing their bidding just slaughtered a villiage of defenseless people. But, as noble as it may seem that the politicans think
that they are doing, by trying to limit the number of innocent causalties, all they are doing is putting constraints on the hands of those who are
fighting. It is very frustrating for those who are engaged on the front lines, not being able to act, as the training that they have gone through and
the rules are often conflicting.
There is no easy solution in the conflict in Afganistan, as the very people they are hunting and trying to sudue look like the general population,
often hiding in plain sight. The taliban is not wearing uniforms, and the general population is afraid for their own safety and the safety for their
families. Fear is the weapon of choice, used by the Taliban and Al Quida, to wage this conflict and to control the general population. And as
unpopular as it may be, fear may be the only weapon that we have to end this conflict. The solutions are not going to PC and people are going to die,
but in the words of General Patton, you do not win a war by dieing for your country, you win the war by making the other guy die for his. It is my
belief, that if you want to stop the causalties in this conflict there are 2 solutions: 1) Admit defeat and withdraw, or the other is to fight to
win, using all means necessary to win and end this conflict, even if it means violating human rights and targetting the general civillian population.
The reasons why there is a high sucidied rate among the military who are in the conflict, is due to the human condition. We are raised with the idea
that it is wrong to kill. Those who do such and are not affected are mentally ill, according to most mental health proffessionals. The combination
of an endless conflict, having to kill people day in day out, seeing your best friend die infront of you and having to live with the threat of death
not only on the battle field, but also coming home to where it is apparent that the general population does not support the war or what you are doing,
will wear even the most battle hardened individual down quickly. It is the start to a very large problem that I do not believe that we are prepared
to deal with. Ultimately the final victims of this conflict are the children and families of the military personell who are on the front lines of
this conflict, as they will have to try to support and pick up the pieces of a person who is broken and will more than often take out his frustration
on his family member, creating another dangerous situation.