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I Am Anti-War
War, what is it good for? I feel war, is good for absolutely nothing at all. What is the value of a life? Why do some feel that war is acceptable? Is war part of our biological make up? Could we seek out an alternative to war? These are some of the questions that are asked when it comes to the controversy surrounding war. There are differing opinions and views as well, from the pro-war, too the activists against war, the political, and the philosophy of war. No matter how you look at it though, I believe that we can find a better way. I think we have come far enough along in the evolutionary scale that we could settle our differences better than acting like animals, fighting and killing over territory. I read some of the political views from the political scientists Paul Seabury and Angelo Codevilla in their book, War. Some of the political views just make me hate politics even more, because I don’t feel that they make any sense at all. Seabury and Codevilla talk about political warfare, saying “propaganda, agents of influence, sabotage, coups de main, and supports for insurgents—are not acts of war in the same sense that armies crashing across borders or airplanes dropping bombs are acts of war. They are in fact war whether done in pursuit of victory during war or during unbloody conflicts as serious as war. If these political tools are not used seriously, they are not acts of war. But then again, politically unserious bombings and invasions are not acts of war either.” How can people think that this makes any sense at all? I don’t know if I have ever seen a bombing that wasn’t serious. An invasion is a pretty serious matter as well. Is this a way to ease the minds of the people who decide to invade? Try telling the families that have lost loved ones in the evasion of Iraq. I guarantee they will take it pretty serious. But I guess this is ok because politicians called it the “The War on Terror” a war for "American justice" and "American freedom". The wars begun in 2001 have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as well. Each additional month and year of war will add to that toll. Moreover, the human costs of these conflicts will reverberate for years to come in each of those four countries. There is no turning the page on the wars with the end of hostilities, and there is even more need as a result to understand what those wars’ consequences are and will be. While most Americans have seen the brief stories of people who died in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan, the true impact of their deaths can escape anyone not personally involved as a family member or friend of the over 6,600 dead. The lost potential of a life not lived and this large new community of bereaved parents, spouses, children, siblings, and close friends are the main painful homefront legacy of these wars. Moreover, although the military suicide rate has historically been quite low, it has climbed steadily since the 2003 invasion and reached 349 deaths in 2012, exceeding the civilian rate. Most of the public are aware, at least, of the approximate number of US troops who have died, but even here the human cost of the wars to US and coalition forces extends well beyond them. Large numbers of private contractors working for the US military in those war zones have also died providing oil transport, food services, and other logistical and security support to the troops. Following the official withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in December 2011, a host of contractors and US State Department and other government agency employees remain in the country. In January 2012, the United States Embassy had hired 5,000 contractors to protect its 11,000 employees, and to train Iraqi troops to use United States weapons systems and equipment. By the end of September 2012, there were 13,500 contractors working in Iraq for the Pentagon and the Department of... Show More

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