Expendable human flesh.
Fodder consumed in
At best a deterrent
that fosters detente.
Seeds that have been
prepared for the loam.
intimidators, marauders, annihilators.
A daunting dilemma and
bane for mothers and wives who want peace and protection.
A ‘body’ of flags,
uniforms and weapons echoing pledges, chants and righteous
driven young men who are indoctrinated and conditioned to act
out violently for a heralded purpose.
embodiment of attitudes and behavior bourn from centuries of
disputes between men who wish to dominate each other by force.
A society’s most
‘able’ individuals meshed tightly together with the most
destructive weapons and organized support in order to fight and
kill when necessary.
- Perhaps the goal
of the ‘march’ is lost in mid-stride when dire threats
- Perhaps peace is
not possible without boundaries and threats and the means to
- Perhaps war is a
natural state of ‘man’; perhaps it is in nature’s best
interest to cull the ‘inferior’.
- Perhaps the
incense provoked by blood and gore tend to excite more
incense which obliterates common sense.
- Perhaps in
centuries hence war will be anathema more for its waste of
resources than considerations of human worth.
- Perhaps as long
as elitism and condescension are acceptable hallmarks of a
nation there will be a need for ‘might’ to prove the
validity of its attitude.
- Perhaps our
pugnacious tendencies find outlets in sport and game;
perhaps our physically violent propensities may be diffused
by means of ‘electronic’ confrontations.
- Perhaps during
the past 100 years the hierarchical Prussian system with
underlings being docile pawns has given way to more respect
for the individual and a concomitant reluctance to commit
- Perhaps securing
the most ‘advanced’ weapons and testing is the principal
function of the military today; perhaps the widespread
involvement in this enterprise melds cohesiveness with a
touted political purpose which welds a mindset that blithely
- Perhaps when a
metropolis is devastated by a nuclear bomb the world will
realize that self-decimation cannot be tolerated; perhaps in
the aftermath of this catastrophe countries will unite and
strive for magnanimous, mutual respect for all people in all
places; perhaps the tyrants preventing universal liberty and
equitable distribution will be eliminated!!
ESSAY ON MILITARY by EDWIN
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