Blessed de Guerre II

In relation to “Blessed de Guerre”, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:

When I was a kid in school, we were still remembering WW1 as “the war to end all wars”, notwithstanding that WW2 and Korea had already occurred by that point. Since then, there have been Vietnam, Gulf War 1, Gulf War 2, Afghanistan, Syria, ISIS, plus so many wars in Africa, and not to mention the wars on drugs, terrorism and poverty. Somehow, we always forget the part about “the war to end all wars”. We only remember the wars themselves, the heroism, the sacrifice.

Somehow, there is always important justification at the time just before and during any war. The enemy are always demons bent on our destruction, or that of our friends. There was Hitler and the Nazi murderers for example – no debate there. There was the danger that “a ruthless North Vietnamese dictator” would depose “the ruthless South Vietnamese dictator” on our side and then Cambodia, and Laos would switch from whatever they were (who knew?) to Communism. Before the second Gulf War we were shown satellite photos of Iraqi nuclear missiles kept mobile piggyback on big trucks. After the war was won, no one could find these trucks and missiles. Not finding them, you couldn’t definitely prove they had never existed.

Our soldiers have sacrificed their lives all across the world in these wars. Many of them were horribly wounded in ways that destroyed their lifelong well-being. Thank God for them and their bravery.

What have we learned about war from all the fighting and remembering? Somehow, the one thing we have never learned is to “end all wars.” There must be something violent in the human soul that demands its wars, if necessary to get its way. There must be something in the human soul that feels miserable and guilty remembering the horrors we perpetrated, all of us as humans on both sides, on the road to victory or to defeat.

I just wish we could learn as a society from all the wars we make out we remember.

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