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Covering Three Wars
by Frank Shortt
It is a sad situation for parents, especially mothers, who are required to send their young men, lately young
women also, to the fields of battle. They never know in what condition they will return!
All eras have produced
wars, brother fighting brother, friend fighting friend, countrymen fighting countrymen. Most of these young, energetic, inductees
go with the idea of being right and just want to get it over with as soon as possible. Some die fearlessly for their particular cause.
Some even go with the idea of gaining fame.
The War Between the States, better known as the Civil War, was
a grim experiment in saving the democracy of the United States. This war was fought at the cost of loss of many lives. These deaths
were very painful, not only for the ones waiting at home, but for the soldiers, on both sides, who received the deadly wounds. There
was always a lack of proper medical care, no anesthetics (except maybe alcohol), and the weapons used produced nasty wounds that left
no doubt as to the outcome of the wounded! Lack of discipline, due to the haste of the moment, caused the deaths of many poorly trained
individuals. Bad posturing from both armies prolonged the war with many needless killings. History denotes that the Southern States
went down in infamy as a Lost Cause!
World War 2, was a long, drawn-out conflict between aggressiveness and
stability. World powers anticipated that this would be a sudden mop-up. The aggressors hoping to subdue the whole civilized world,
the defenders hoping to overcome the perpetrators in short order. This war produced greater fighting machines wreaking havoc on both
sides. The event, which finally conquered, was the unleashing of nuclear weapons that remain a problem to this moment. Mankind today
is constantly on the brink of disaster due to some small country declaring their ability to bring devastation to the very doorstep
of any opposing nation. So really, what did all the fighting solve in the long run?
The Vietnam War went
on and on no one knowing the direction it was taking. Our young men were told to fight but were held back from doing certain things
that would further the advancement. This war produced many men who came back addicted to, not only killing, but to illicit drugs which
flowed like water in the hot Southeast Asian climate. Some men took the drugs rather than face the humility of being detained by superiors.
Some took drugs to bolster their bravado. Some just took drugs! As soldier after soldier returned to their homeland, they were looked
down upon disgracefully. They were branded as child murderers! Dope addicts! Unjustifiable manslayers and a host of other degrading
After all is said and done, what exactly does a war demonstrate? Are armies sent out to prove a
nations power and dominance over other nations? Does war improve the prestige of a nation? If so, then why, after each encounter,
does morale in the U.S. continue to drop further and further with each war?
Three Wars, each producing personal
conflict, aggressive behavior, dope addiction, PTSD, nightmares, and sometimes slow, painful rehabilitation! Is there not another
way to end conflicting opinions throughout the world? Is there not another way to solve the , seemingly, fruitless waste of humanity?
I was led to believe that we are now a civilized world, with all our doctorate degrees and everyone being so educated. World, have
I been deceived?