Almost every day is a time to think about why we are involved in war. How supporting violence may lead to more violence. How religions taking their scriptures literally feeds pride and righteousness and leads to violence. And how nationalism can lead to fear and then harming others in an effort to preempt war.
But Veteran’s Day is not about the reasoning for war. It’s about those people who are willing to sacrifice their time, well-being, or lives for those who do not, or cannot. In an effort to protect our nation, they put themselves in harm’s way.
Remember and respect these few who are willing and able to do so.
Follow me and I will take you away from the everyday.
The United States, the country, the citizens, you and me, our President, the Congress… we are at war. Our govt has made the judgment that it is worth putting our citizens, our soldiers, in harm’s way, spending billions of dollars, accidentally blowing up or shooting the civilians of other countries, to prevent terrorists from targeting the US.
If there was a draft, would you be making the sacrifices these soldiers are making? Not only putting their life on the line, but realizing they are going to be killing civilians accidentally?
War is a last resort.
How big a threat is terrorism to justify this perpetual war? That is the question.
What do you think?
Are we in the times of last resort? Does it feel like we are at war? If it doesn’t, then shouldn’t we feel like it is? Otherwise, what is war? And are we more willing to have one, to send troops to fight, to have civilians die, if we aren’t facing its consequences?
Thank our veterans. Then ask yourself when they should be put into the terrible conditions of war for us.