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No war's a good war.  At times, we've acted no better than our worst enemy — we're not blameless.  We denied the Holocaust — for instance — choosing, instead, to disbelieve the evidence.  Again, we denied the genocide in Rwanda, choosing not to believe what was happening.  And still, we close our eyes and ears, to the ongoing atrocities and slaughter in Africa–Darfur, the Congo, and elsewhere around the world.

What's worse, war hasn't stopped the struggle for wealth and control.  Secret wars still go on, behind political posturing — each world power, seeking intelligence that it can use against the other — manipulating events, and in the end, creating more terror and worse horrors for the innocent who never know why they've been sacrificed, or for what cause.  And now, with an economic depression compressing the world, more and more suffering's brought to bear on everyone — everywhere.

And, then there are the lives of the men and women we sacrifice in our military forces, in the interest of preserving our freedom(s) at home.  They believe in their missions and their fellow soldiers.  It's difficult not to, when your boots are on the ground, and you with your buddy beside you, can see that you're the only ones making a difference in someone else's life.  That's the hook that keeps aid volunteers and military forces continually in harm's way…  They see how much their care matters.

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We're All Victims of War

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by James Stewart
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No war's a good war.  At times, we've acted no better than our worst enemy — we're not blameless.  We denied the Holocaust — for instance — choosing, instead, to disbelieve the evidence.  Again, we denied the genocide in Rwanda, choosing not to believe what was happening.  And still, we close our eyes and ears, to the ongoing atrocities and slaughter in Africa–Darfur, the Congo, and elsewhere around the world.

What's worse, war hasn't stopped the struggle for wealth and control.  Secret wars still go on, behind political posturing — each world power, seeking intelligence that it can use against the other — manipulating events, and in the end, creating more terror and worse horrors for the innocent who never know why they've been sacrificed, or for what cause.  And now, with an economic depression compressing the world, more and more suffering's brought to bear on everyone — everywhere.

And, then there are the lives of the men and women we sacrifice in our military forces, in the interest of preserving our freedom(s) at home.  They believe in their missions and their fellow soldiers.  It's difficult not to, when your boots are on the ground, and you with your buddy beside you, can see that you're the only ones making a difference in someone else's life.  That's the hook that keeps aid volunteers and military forces continually in harm's way…  They see how much their care matters.

Whether we're aware of it or not, we're all victims of war — whether abroad or here, whether economical or political — while greed races, to accumulate more power.  Right now, dreams of peace and hope grow ever-dimmer for a great portion of humanity, as we circle our wagons to protect our own.  Instead of reaching out, we turn in…  It's the nature of survival.

 
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