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My perception of war as an ex soldier

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My perception of war as an ex soldier

The problem with war is not just confined to the front lines where the battle rages on. A 
single shot can be traced all the way back home. For instance a young man stood on the 
front line takes a single shot to his stomach, the patrol he is on is down one man, it takes two 
pilots and 2 medics to collect the injured solier and take him to a feild hospital, where a team 
fight to save his life. One of the medics, who work on him knows the injured soldier very 
well. He feels distraught working to save the life of his friend. The young soldier's life can not 
be saved and passes away. When the medic telephones home to his loving family he tells 
them of the sad news that his friend has died doing the job he loved.

The family of the deceased war hero get an unsuspected knock on the door which, breaks 
their hearts. One shot of a gun, one round, one family is destroyed, another family feels the 
loss knowing thier loved one fought but couldnt save the life of his friend, and a full company 
of heroes feeling overwhelmed with sadness for thier fallen comrade, and a growing fuel of 
hate for an unforgiving enemy.

This is an example of one hero falling, and what effect it has had on so many peoples lives. 
Imagine the domino effect when over one hundred soldiers have died in one conflict, and 
remember there is two war zones at present, Afghanistan, Iraq and dont forget the peace 
keeping missions.

How many have to die or get left severely injured or disabled before someone stands up and 
says no more?

War is not particular about religion, in most religions murder and hate is forbidden, but when 
a religious man fires his rifle at an enemy, does he say to himself forgive me God for i have 
sinned? War does not care for religion. For all of those who have been in a war, who have 
stood in the heart of a foreign land tight fisted without fear, i commend you for we all fought 
an ageless war against an unforgiving enemy.

Do we all know what we are fighting for, not the lies the politicians bring, i mean the cold 
hard truth about why our government want that far away land. Would you still go and fight? 
All i can say is a few hundred men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice for what i can 
make is oil, is it really worth it? and how long have this got to go on?

 
   
 
 

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  1. Date: 2/8/2011 2:50:00 PM

    cont. When and IF anyone comes into your state or into your home is time enough to to THINK about..death [even then property is not worth dieing for] We need to revive the 60's HELL NO I WON'T GO! Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 2:49:00 PM

    I must say I totally agree, war has never really been about anything else other than monetary gain. It is the poor and the children who have no other choice or are so uneducated and naive they believe they are fighting on the side of right, on God's side. God has NO SIDES death is necessary for life to exsist and we..men..chose war as one of the ways to KILL ourselves.