What is your opinion of war? How much do you know about it? I am quite naive concerning the topic of war. I try to avoid watching the news when I can. I turn the radio station and try not to listen to broadcasts concerning the war. I have tried to stand clear of conflicts between people who argue about opinions concerning the war in Iraq. When this is impossible, I use selective hearing and tune out the voices is around me. There fore, I am very un-educated concerning the actual war in general . My reasons are simple, I want to maintain my own mental stability. All I know is the information that our government issued when it happen which may or may not be true featuring the officials were also not aboard those planes. I was always taught never to believe anything you hear and only half of what you see especially when it comes from the government.
I do not feel my anti-war opinion has been influenced by 9-11 what so ever. Its based on my strong spiritual beliefs and my over all respect for the life of humanity as a whole, not to forget an over whelming desire to captivate world peace and healing. I believe there is always karma resulting from every situation. I believe future terrorism is a definite possibility. Although I can not speculate To what degree or how often those attacks may or may not come. I have struggled with our need for war since the beginning. If the situation were as simple as capturing and imprisonment the person/s responsible for the terrorist attacks and their attacks against society, than I’d possibly place faith in the system. Its never that simple though. An invasion and declaration of war basically screams murder. With that knowledge I must say I personally would not have declared war. To make the statements here more understandable, I need my readers to try to hold an open mind. I too was once asked, If drafted would I go to war? Me war? No way, no shape, no how! I would prefer to die in prison for insubordination than sacrifice my spiritual and moral values. I must remain true to myself and everything I believe in at all costs to protect my Karma. I can’t do that and be true to my integrity.
I can’t even begin to imagine anyone favoring war especially on their own soil. I can’t imagine anyone cheering on the deaths of their own citizens, their own people. I’m one hundred percent certain that the decease soldiers families pray daily for our troops to return home. That they resentment our invasion. On a personal note, I wouldn’t want murderers to roam free in the United States. From hearing people talk, which is second, third or fourth hand information I know it is alleged that there are some people grateful to the American Troops for their involvement. I would not know first hand enough information to speculate the statistics. Comparing previous battles the United States has been involved in its hard to say just how long this masquerade will last. maybe months maybe years. I tend to believe that our society will continue until they get who they want no matter the cost. I couldn’t tell you how many casualties we have at this time and without that information I can’t nor would I try to guess the future death rate. I find it hard to speculate what the end result will be. I do however believe that any one human life is already too many to mourn. I feel as though people will continue to die at all cost until the leader is captured or found dead.
I don’t have a concept on the cost of war. I can’t begin to tell you how much a plane, a ship, a grenade or a single bullet cost . What I can tell you is the average American funeral costs over $10,000 and that life is priceless. One funeral could provide 10,000 homeless people a sandwich from Mc-donalds. $10,000 can provide shelter for 14 families for a month. Our soldiers are dying in another country. We in return as citizens pay funeral costs and survivor benefits to families who mourn their loss for life time. Mean while we have poverty stricken people dying in the streets of our country. We can’t even secure our people and yet we are in another country pretending we know what we are doing. I’m concerned about the economy. More and more people go without basic necessity every year. I’m concerned with our children’s education, every year funds are stripped from our schools giving our children less of an education than they deserve. Robbing them of the experiences and items, such as text books they need to become productive members of society. I’m concerned with the values our children are learning and the lack of parental control due to the government interference in the lives of our families. Prejudice and intolerance are raping our society taking the place of traditional values such as respect and acceptance. These things concern me worse than the war in Iraq ever could.
I detest war, especially when it requires our troops to invade another country. I support my feelings by saying that two wrongs don’t make a right. The law says that if some one assaults you and they walk away before you can defend yourself, If you then attack that person as they are walking away you have also assaulted the other party. Yet when the United States is faced with the same situation our government officials find it exceptable to do exactly that. To me this is a double standard. On a spiritual level I firmly believe taking a life is the job of a power far greater than an imperfect human is entitled to. I believe the person that takes one life is just as guilty as the person who hijacked a plane that killed thousands of people. On a criminal theory (as a survivor of my mother’s murder) am appalled by those so willing to kill for justice. I believe that the penalties of death is far to easy. Death is over in moments, where forcing an individual to live life lacking the comfort of the free world is a far greater punishment to endure. By killing people, which is what war does you end any suffering that the attacker deserved. In my opinion it actually robs the victim of justice. Their life ended they can’t be with their family, enjoy the life they once enjoyed, their families grieve for the loss. This loss is a continuous pain until they join their loved ones with their own death.
If I were asked what the war has meant to me I’d have to say , I have been effected by this war greatly. It has helped to remind me that life is to be cherished and never taken for granite. In a split second everything can change. It has opened my eyes to just how destructive the world is in its actions. It has made me more empathetic and understanding to those around me. It reminded me just how screwed up this system is and that only those on the interior of the inner circle can change the way things are ran or heal the damage that is done. As an empathetic person, I have the ability to step out of the circle and observe the opinions others may be feeling. I can see that there are those who feel it’s a world effort to maintain the safety of the entire human race. I can see where revenge for 9-11 would motivate a war. I can see where Fear would motivate a war. Fear that if we don’t retaliate we will be subject to attacks from others as well as Iraq. I am worried about humanities values as a whole. However, we spend years teaching our children that there are better ways to handle conflict than to use violence, yet at barely eighteen years of age we allow these children to board aircrafts, and ships, shove guns and bombs in their hands and turn them into killers. Our governments brainwash our children into taking the lord and lady’s job into their own hands. Making them prime candidate for a karma backlash. Are we not providing another example of double standards?
Last but not least this brings me to worry about the spirituality of our nation and the soldiers that have enlisted into the different branches of the armed forces. I am a firm believer in karma I believe that everything you do returns to you good for good and bad for bad. You are influenced and held responsible for your actions. My heart cries out with sadness for the children who lose parents, Widows that lose spouses, Families that grieve in termoil from the unexpected death of their love ones. They are indeed innocent victims of war. I am mournful for the Iranian families, as it wasn’t those people that are being killed. Those individuals weren’t aboard the planes terrorizing the passengers and ultimately killing thousands of people. The people who did that horrible deed, lost their lives. They had a choice, and they made the choice to follow a command. A choice that they too died over. Even though I exhibited ignorance in areas of war finances and activity. I hold a high respect for the individual emotions of people around me.
Violence, protection, and intent to survive all share the same four letter word, that word is dead. Dead people, dead values, and dead morals. When are we going to wake up and smell the stench that lives around us? When are we going to take care of our own people? When will those in charge care as much about our country as they care about others? When will people cherish life and and make peace? The answers of these questions are sadly unknown. What I do know is where I stand on the issue and until my last breath I’ll attempt to bring light to the issues of war.