Originally posted by satron
Originally posted by Power_Semi
...their generation have never known anything other than a world where we are in a perpetual "war" on "terrorists" who supposedly want to kill us
at the first opportunity.
Actually, the threats have always been there. The Soviets were a threat to us for a longer period of time, and before that, it was the Germans and
Japanese. Our lives have been touched by foregin threats for a long time. The only difference with the threat we face today, is that we face a threat
within that is trying to use the guise of terrorism to chip away at our liberties. If there is anything you should be fearful for your children about,
it's how they take their liberties for granted.
"Do the Russians love their children too" - Sting.
Were the Soviets really a threat though? We believed them to be because we were told they were, but I'd imagine that if you'd been born in Russia by
some quirk of fate, then you'd have believed exactly the same thing, that the Americans were a threat, and that's why armies/navies/atomic weapons
were needed, etc.
This is the thing. They are only a threat because we are told to believe they are.
Everyone is lead to believe that everyone else is a threat, else realistically (without the de-humanisation of another race/country) how could you be
expected to fight and kill them?
They HAVE to be the evil enemy, otherwise there's no chance you'll submit to losing liberties and/or go and fight.
After the First World war a politician from the UK wrote a book highlighting the lies and propaganda used to achieve this mentality in the public (you
can find it free online since copyright has expired), and you'd be amazed at how often those myths are redressed and repeated (babies being
bayonetted, hospitals being burned down with nurses/nuns raped and killed, soldiers crucified, castrated, etc, etc - nothings new).
The worry that I'm trying to communicate, is that people can only see the lies if they have something else, another way of life to measure it
My children, and perhaps people up to their early 20's (and maybe some adults who've swallowed the propaganda) cannot see, remember, or compare to
anything pre 9-11, they only know what you might call "the age of the invisible terrorists".
In other words terrorists who we are told exist, must be protected against, and fight against, but who have never attacked in the west since 2001.
If our children are born into a world that they believe is full of "evil terrorists" that we need to fight and kill to "remain free" then a number
of things can happen:
1) They can be lured into fighting unjust wars
2) Our children may be sacrficied to meet other peoples ends in pointless conflicts
3) Unjust wars will be embraced (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc)
4) The truth behind these unjust wars will remain hidden (to steal their assets on behalf of corporations and power hungry lunatics)
5) They may give away our liberties to protect us from non-existant threats
6) A perpetual state of fear and oppression may reign
Over a million civilians have lost their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya to OUR side - how does that in any way promote freedom, liberty,
democracy, or make us in any way good?
People will only put up with it if they believe those people to be the enemy.
Many in this generation can see that they are not the enemy.
Everyone in the next generation will believe that they know that they are the enemy and deserve what they get.
The one thing that gives hope is that this next generation have had so little disicipline and have so little respect for others, plus have so little
sense of belonging or national identity, that if someone told them they had to go to war and fight for their country, they'd tell them where to stick
it in no uncertain terms.