The Bigger Picture…as I see it

Why do we fight?  What causes countries to want to go to war?  Why do people, including kids, bully others?  What causes such negative behavior?  Why CAN”T we just accept each other’s difference and move on?

It isn’t that I don’t understand the people of a nation or country standing up for what they believe.  I get that, but for one country to come in and tell another what they will do is just…wrong!  Especially through war!  Our goal, here, is not to dwell on the political, but I suppose we were going to get around to it sooner or later!

My question is that if we have been on this earth for thousands of years, why have we not learned that war is not the answer?  If we are to truly call ourselves civilized, why are we so controlling?  Can we not see that someone is going to lose, big time (and I don’t necessarily mean governments!?  As living, breathing human beings, don’t we care about that?

So the United States, England and France have entered into the fray in Libya.  It wasn’t enough that we, as a nation, cannot get out of Afghanistan and Iraq, we need to go into yet another country.  The rebels in that country were having troubles, yes, I get that.  They were standing up for what they believe, which is the first step in taking back your country, as a people, to make a change.  I get that.  But, it seems to me that bringing in outside troops always ends badly for everyone.  Collateral damage is almost assured and what will be accomplished?  What as accomplished in the US “war on terror?”

Whether or not you believe the “official” account  of what happened on September 11, 2001, the fact remains that, yes, there were just under 3,000 killed in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11.  Since then, however, according to the website AntiWar, there have been 5,950 American Military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, reported in various reports.  This doesn’t include the deaths of coalition troops.  The “conflict,” since we can’t actually call it a war, since congress didn’t declare a war, has been going on since 2001, 10 years now.  The Iraqi casualty count is estimated to be more than 1.4 million.  Doesn’t that seem like “over-kill” to you?  With all our technology and military intel, we can’t seem to keep from mounting such astronomical numbers of deaths?  That doesn’t even include the destruction!

Now we are sending troops into Libya.  Yes, it is supposed to be very short lived, but then again, so were many of the conflicts that saw massive numbers of deaths of US military forces.

In my humble opinion, this seems like a “brain-dead” approach to what is going on.  If the other nations in Africa see Qaddafi as a threat to the continent, why don’t they take up the cause?  After all, I would be all for protecting the rights of people in another state in the US if one governor became an iron fist dictator.  If Qaddafi is that much of a threat that someone needs to step in, why not the people that live over there?  Why the US, Britain and France?

While we are at it, what is a “peace-keeping,” “anti-war” organization such as the UN doing organizing troops to go into Libya?  Why do they have their own “troops?”  Again, a “brain-dead” way of looking at things, in my opinion.

When will we learn that violence only leads to more violence?  Is it that hard to figure out?  I will admit that when I was younger, I thought war was a necessary evil.  The older I get, though, the more I realize just how destructive it is…and what does it accomplish (besides the death of hundreds of thousands of our armed forces)?

So, when do we learn the lessons we are trying to teach our children about bullying?  What happened to the notion of loving your brother as yourself?  Why is it so hard to figure out that people are inherently different?  And, while we are at it, what is so wrong with that?


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