Wednesday, May 11, 2005

K is for Kill (or be killed)

Oh man, shed blood, life
think murder or be murdered
better him than me.

Kill: To commit murder. Murder or be murdered. There is no other way to describe war. The shadow of Americans dying in Iraq haunts the family table as military recruiters hustle to convince young men and women to enlist, indeed, sometimes even bribe. But even the incentive of a $20,000 bonus is not enough. It is ironic that now, more than ever, the opportunity for men and women to enlist is easier than before, the benefits are better, and the military as a whole, seems more human… and desperate.

The National Guard is hurting especially and can’t seem to convince even the older folks to join. Even young folks from low-income families aren’t convinced. They’d rather take their chances on the streets where they grew up than in a war zone far away from home.

Does this imply that Americans are cowards? That they are not patriotic? No, of course not. Mom and Dad worry about their children dying in a foreign country. Young people know they have a future ahead of them and by going to Iraq, well, that future is cut in half. Furthermore, Americans now believe that the situation in Iraq is a protracted war and can only lead to more deaths and eventual failure.

Is $20,000 enough to kill, or be killed? Only if the soldier is fortunate enough to survive. And if they do, is the emotional and mental abuse worth it? Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is proliferate, on the rise, and is affecting the entire family in a very negative way. Our servicemen are coming home without an arm, a leg, an eye, missing half a brain…can the United States put a price tag on these missing extremities? But more importantly, can the United States fix the damage and make it all better like it was before they left to fight a war far away from home?

The kill zone... kill or be killed- but at what price?

Click here for: Iraq War: Cheating for Enlistments
Click here for: Army, Marines Miss Recruiting Goals Again


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Blogger Edgar said...

20,000 to kill or get killed? Yeah. Sounds like a great offer to me.

Considering that Iraqis always get killed for free.

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Blogger multidimid said...

Man on a conscious level and with compassion achieved emotional realization.

The hunter is forced to emotionally identify with its prey. So to kill is to be killed. The balance of life sustains all. We are to preserve life consciously, then, as the animals preserve it Unconsciously

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