A Violent Necessity

            Are there times when war is a must? If you ask the Bible, the answer is ‘absolutely.’ Pose the question to History: ‘clearly and without a doubt.’ Now turn to a fellow American in, say,
New York City. He is likely to vehemently shake his head and cry, ‘War is never the answer!’ It seems that the Past would beg to differ, and every youth is admonished to always remember the Past.

            Take a moment to think about preceding wars. The War for American Independence was fought for the rebels’ freedom. The Civil War was waged for the liberty of every man, regardless of his external hue. The World Wars raged to protect the identities of numerous countries and cultures. Korea and
Vietnam, though unpopular and protested, were also efforts to guard the helpless.

            Now look at the present. The War on Terror is highly and loudly- and most often rudely- criticized, but one must observe the whole picture. Yes, enemies, soldiers, and nationals have perished as a result, but their deaths were not in vain. Freedom is costly. Perhaps costlier than anything else in our mortal world.

            Are war, violence, and rebellion necessary? Many times, I would conclude that they indeed are. I will qualify the aforementioned by mentioning that I do not in any way condone senseless killing or reckless violence. But the accomplishment and preservation of liberty more often than not contain substantial amounts of resistance and opposition. Tragically, these actions typically lead to violence.

            But I suppose that is the price to be paid. And I have a feeling that those who have perished would agree that the end result is very much worth the cost.

 

Inspiration: Notes from a Spinning Planet:
Ireland
, page 93

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4 Comments

  1. Here here! I’m glad that someone will say what many of us are thinking. I am supremely irked by the media and their negative spin on the War and anything related to George Bush. But what irks me even more than that is the fact that people are so easily seduced by the media that they forget the necessity of difficulty and struggle, battle and blood, trial and fire. You can’t bake a cake without cracking some eggs. Freedom is not by any means free, it comes at a price, just like anything else. I hate that people forget that, and I love that you don’t.

  2. War is sometimes necessary, but that cannot mask how utterly counter-productive the so called war on terror has been.

    Those “eggs” marcelonicus refers to are human lives. Human lives lost. Human lives ruined by displacement, torture, and violence without end.

    Do not try to stoop to religion to boost your argument for war either. There is nothing of God in war, and there never will be. War is a human necessity, one we ought to avoid, not pursue with fake patriotism, false piety and bloodlust.

    And for the love of God, do not speak for the dead. How dare you presume those lost to war would speak in its favor!

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