Kaspar said:Interesting point.
Correct me if im wrong but I don't think at the age of 16 I would be on the front lines.
Anyway I think that of course the politians and warlords are to blame but I think that power corrupts so it is difficult to persuade them to do good.
If the whole US army refused to fight a war. Of course completely unrealistic they would hold big negotiating power.
I have heard that in some dicatorships around the world the armys have refused to commit genocide or other inhumane acts and managed to replace people in power. In the french revolution wasn't Napoelon a general in the army? and he came to power.
my point is that the army shouldn't forget that they are still people and they are still entitled to human rights including the right to think and disagree. (Im not sure if that exists but im sure some equivilent exists.)
maybe, not sure. but it is a law to register for the draft at age 16, unless that has changed I dont know.
i know exactly what you are saying Kaspar. It took me years to put it all together & i still dont think it will ever make perfect sense to people who want peace & who want to establish bridges.
i guess the problem is there will always be the ones who must have that 'power' & the others who must cause problems & start fights & all the peaceful people get hurt in between the two.
all i know is we have only truly known freedom of religion & these other freedoms that we have, within the last few centuries. i think if it was not for the 'fight' for freedom in the first place, from all the dictatorships in the world, we would all be slaves living in dungeons.
in some countries you may be on the front lines at the age of 12, so be thankful.
my point is, if it were not for armed forces protecting citizens you would be on the front lines & would not have choice because no one would be there fighting to protect you or your 2 month old child. So the OTHER FORCES come up to you & stick there guns into your head & i guess you just let them blow you away or take you as a slave...because you have no soldier figthing in your place.
get it now?
if you are really only 16, by the time you reach 30, things will look a little different. Then they will look different again when you hit 45. Trust me.
If the whole U.S. army refuse to fight a war, then we would be taken over by terrorists or some other blockheads & again YOU would be on the front lines.
i dont have all the answers Kaspar. i just do my best to try & make it make sense, the best i can to keep myself in peace.