Inhumane Masters Of War

I read an incredible piece today on the CNN site.  It’s the second part of a special they call The War at Home that deals with the horrors our soldiers experience when their tours are done and they attempt to re-acclimate to life.  Mainly it depicts PTSD, and although I have read, met, and even treated people with trauma, this particular article drew from deep inside of me anger instead of my usual empathy.  It’s not because it was written so well – which it in fact absolutely is – but more I think because of what is currently going on in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

These men and women, basically kids, are sent into a nether-world of unspeakable inhumane acts with minimum preparedness. Not that anyone could ever truly be prepared for that.  These are not the elite SEALs or Green Beret’s who are mentally psyched to go kick ass. These are farmers and clerks and insurance salesmen – regular folks who are doing their part to protect our country.  And there is where my anger festers.  They have been fed and nursed like babes on a breast to believe the lies sold to them by a collective of manipulators that snakes all the way to the top.  I have always been of the opinion that any of our presidents who have given the green light to go to war are mass murderers.  In a court of law, they would be convicted as such given that the motivation for killing hundreds of thousands of people is circumstantial and self serving at best.  The Christian, God-fearing men who profess to be humbled in the eyes of God, are responsible for committing the number one un-godlike act – the taking of the life of his fellow man.

Einstein said, “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once.
Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”