I was thinking about this last night and thought it was a valid question to ask and would be interested in people's opinions.
My initial feelings are yes. I say this even after considering the sheer horror
. Watching friends
die, Insane acts of brutality and unrestricted depravity must be the worst experience anyone can experience. A complete pillaging of the soul.
So how can I say all of that and say that war still has something that redeems it? I think partly because
of these horrors. It is because war is so terrible
, so efficient at tearing down the thin veneer of civilization
that gives it one of its few redeeming features. It is at this point when others are succumbing to madness
that some, in fact many, find in them a core of humanity
. They have been striped to the bone of all that they thought they were and when they are there they find something that is still human
and still good
in the face of Indignity
And it is in these incidents of battlefield greatness
that we who have not gone thru such horrors we are reminded to value life
it. We are taught humility
for the sacrifices
of our Brothers and Sisters and our Mothers and Fathers.
I have an interest in Military history
and every now and again I read or hear a story that makes me weep
. And then I know why war sometimes happens and why we must always try to insure that it never does. For me the story of Chunuk Bair
is of particular significance because I feel that it was the defining moment in New Zealand's
Nationhood. Perhaps you know of others, I'd like to hear them.
Is any of what I have said mean war is justified
? I think not. But I think sometimes we forget the lessons of war and that is when war becomes inevitable. But maybe that is the purpose of war: to remind
us of what awaits us if we forget
to be human. Maybe you disagree
with me but I would like to hear that too.
Reply to Generosity
Heh actually in New Zealand
we have one of the lowest rates of violent crime
in the developed world. But I think you are on to something we have one of the most brutal
games ever - Rugby
- as our national sport.