My two ten-year-old grandsons are playing behind me as I write this. They are a carefree and creative duo full of inventiveness and curiosity. Right now they invented some string pulley mechanism to move their cars from the upper to the lower floor.
My wife called my attention to an OpEd in the local newspaper on the topic of the two wars going on in some foreign land as the boys played in the background. The suicide rate among our Armed Forces continues to rise astronomically as the death toll has risen to more than 5,000, with over 35,000 with serious, disabling injuries.
The American citizens go about their mundane lives mostly unaware of the wars ‘over there.’ They do, however, bitch about the Federal deficit as well as the lack of government services in their state and towns. Do they realize the connection between enormous financial expenditures for those wars and the lack of money in the coffers for public services, Social Security and Medicare?
Eight or nine years ago there were other 10-year old boys playing together in another part of America. For whatever reason, they decided to join the Armed Forces- perhaps out of a sense of Patriotism or, more probably because of economic opportunity. If it was out of patriotic duty, then they were snookered. These two wars have little to do with ‘defending our nation’ as opposed to one for revenge and the other an oedipal response to his father.
Whatever the reason, these boys were taken from their homeland and put onto some god-forsaken land to fight an old man’s war. Hopefully, in the next 8 to 10 years, there will be governmental leaders who won’t send the children of the land to fight idiotic wars for stupid reasons.