I’ve been doing a lot of reading about human rights, human nature, and war. It turns out some very intelligent, very humane individuals have spent a lot of time thinking about how to put an end to war and the suffering it brings. I hope to share some of what I’m finding here in days and weeks to come. In the meantime, I offer these thoughts as my wish for today. They’re from the conclusion of “A Short History of War:The Evolution of Warfare and Weapons,” written by Richard A. Gabriel and Karen S. Metz and posted online by the USAF Air War College.
“If the soldier can be enticed to place his own experience of war within a larger historical context, then he or she, more than any other member of our society, is in a position to restrain the hand of politicians in making war.”
That’s my wish for today, that our soldiers would help us control our insanely ambitious politicians and get our country out of the business of perpetual war.
[Next time: The first of what promises to be a long list of suggestions for anti-war, anti-violence, pro-humanity bumper stickers. Pace.]