War raises a lot of very troubling questions about the human species.
Are we all natural-born killers?
Are we hardwired to engage in war?
Who sets up these lethal games and why?
Why does the cannon fodder allow themselves to be so easily manipulated into serving the interests of others?
Any mothers out there having children so they can grow up and go off to boot camp where they’ll be trained to kill other people?
And now there are drones. Well, the drones don’t rape and torture anyone. Yet. I’m sure the war-mongers will figure out that computer program in time. And some amoral folks will make it work just because they can.
Masters of War ~ original by Bob Dylan covered by Ed Sheeran. The lyrics get the point across quite effectively. Though maybe the masters’ lethal games need to be monkey-wrenched before they get to destroy the lives of others. Just a random thought.
Women and children during war are as expendable as the soldiers. No life is sacred.
Thousands of women and children were raped and killed in Nanking in 1937-38. The Flowers of War is based upon these events. This is just one example of the insanity, brutality and dehumanization of humans by other humans.
The International Military Tribunal for the Far East estimated that 20,000 women were raped, including infants and the elderly. A large portion of these rapes were systematized in a process where soldiers would search door-to-door for young girls, with many women taken captive and gang raped.
The Flowers of War
The line between sanity and insanity to which all are pushed during war. Once your mind is gone what more can be lost?
Journey to the Line ~ Music from the film The Thin Red Line by Hans Zimmer
Multiple movie views of warfare involving horses. Animals conscripted for war. If we humans were more like animals, would we still make war?
The Horse Charge ~Music: Two Steps from Hell – Heart of Courage
Some of these scenes are ‘famous’ from a time when photojournalists were not embedded with soldiers and put their lives on the line to photograph the reality of war.
Run Through the Jungle ~ Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Various images and photos depicting the Vietnam war. CAUTION….. Very graphic videos, please be aware that these videos show graphic scenes of napalm attacks.”
This selection of music and a few notions does even begin to touch the tip of the human history of making war. When are we going to evolve beyond such behavior? Can we? If it’s all a matter of choice–then what is wrong with us for continuing to decide to make war on each other?
I know I’ve probably not accomplished a thing with this post–but–at least I’ve vented a tad.