Looking Belligerent

The amount of saber rattling is deafening. I remember in the past that Presidents and Congress took military actions when they deemed it necessary. It was never a popular decision especially for those families who sent sons (and in more recent years daughters) into the fray. There have been many conflicts that the USA entered because of commitments to allies or to protect American holdings. The recent past conflicts seem to have been instigated in an effort to gain access to natural resources, most notably oil. The aggressor has been America. This has been a major shift into preemptive attacks on other sovereign nations. The pattern is terrifying. First there is the building media finger pointing. Followed by threats real and imagined that are fed to our elected representatives. Legislators are painted as unpatriotic if they vote against war. Then there is the ultimatum and the threat of violence. The clock ticks and the war machine is mobilized. Soldiers are sent into battle. We don’t say 25 soldiers were killed in fighting. No, soldiers are referred to as troops and we don’t show any of them returning in caskets. But we would do well to remember that the troops are comprised of individuals, sons and daughters that could be killed at the behest of our government. War is a horrific event and as such should be avoided. The Selective Service Act states that male citizens between the ages of 18 and 26 are required to register for the draft and are liable for training and service until the age of 35. My sons are soon to be past the age for conscription. That is a personal relief but only means that others will be forced to serve. In a war even the victors lose.

Below is a little free verse concerning war and the consequences that follow.

He drives the combine over fields
Engine roars as each back snaps
Death machines leave frozen stalks
As lives are harvested in their prime
An enemy attacked no surprise
Orchestrated by persistent goads
Fallow lives fallen no loss seen
For excess men employed
In war’s wearying work
This reclamation of iron and water
Spilled in battle makes for fertile soil
And feeds conflict’s enterprise
Balances grow in offshore accounts
Impoverished mothers mourn lost sons
While politicians debate the cost
Of munitions and armored tanks
The reaper laughs and begs for more
While God’s tears water the fields
Growing a new crop ready for harvest

21 thoughts on “Looking Belligerent

  1. ouch, too real Val! A little research will show that in 99% of the wars USA started them 😦

    Your main income is from WMD, so many wars are started purely for economic reasons! Those who start wars have no care for the canon fodder or the shocking nightmares those who served have on trying to return to civilian life. .. the human cost seems irrelevant to them as they ensure their kids are safe ..

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    1. I’m not so sure about your percentage but I fully agree about the cost of war. The rich seem to not bear the cost and reap the monetary benefits. Wars are almost always over some soty of resource – land, water, wealth, oil, the list goes on…

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    1. Thanks Gina. This is a tough subject and we often wonder why God permits it. But it isn’t about permission but man’s own choices to turn away from love and peace…

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  2. BIL is going to enlist he says. This is scary for me because he will see things that can change him for the worse for life.

    Wrangler bestfriend from high school and our best man went to Iraq. He has had some major issues.

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    1. War is never good. Many are enlisting due to the enticements of free education when they complete their survive – if they make it out. Now is not the best time to go into the military.

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            1. At this point the only thing you can do is pray and let him know you will be there for him when he gets home from the service. Hopefully he will not be deployed and will end up with a paid education and a more orderly life…

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  3. I spent 20 years in the Army, and not once did I question the motivating factor behind any call to arms, because I learned long ago to believe Edward Burke when he said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” If I was called to arms today, I would gladly don my uniform, pick up my rifle, and go lay waste to any evil that threatens a peace.

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    1. That was true in the past. Now we are the evil. It is a sad state when the USA is seen not as the defender of democracy and peace but the greedy instigator of conflict. We are well past the “my country right or wrong” and the “Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die” mentality.

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        1. Yes those ships are sailing but I think they have plenty of regular Navy to man them. And hopefully there will not be a need for military actions but you can never tell what this administration is thinking…

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