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Entire Familys Go to War of Aggression- now that is sick..

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 10, 2007

In fact war is sick. This is not an entry on US in Iraq – this entry was inspired by a CBS 60 Minutes show that aired today here in Sweden. I saw the first 10 minutes and just had to turn off the TV when a middle aged man, grey hair and obviously in his 50’s came into focus as one National Guardsman, who was going to Iraq along with his two sons, barely out of High School. The idea of entire families going to war just sickened me – and then it hit me that WAR is sick. Immoral and unethical.

“Sunday, May 27, 2007
60 Minutes devotes its entire Memorial Day weekend broadcast to the 1st Battalion of the 133rd Infantry of the Iowa National Guard serving in Iraq. In a rare journalistic effort, Scott Pelley and 60 Minutes cameras follow the battalion and the families for nearly two years, exploring the American experience of war, in Iraq and at home. Shawn Efran is the producer. […](CBS) Rarely has our country asked citizen soldiers to shoulder so much of the burden of war. One third of the troops fighting are National Guard and Reserve—more than 400,000 soldiers called away from their civilian lives.”

One third of the American Troops in Iraq are “soldiers” who have received basic training, but nothing more. They have never seen combat, regardless of their age, and the hardest they have ever faced are forest fires and the occasional riot, if even that. And still they are being asked to go to a war they didn’t start, on a continent far far away – and many of them will never get home.

“In 2005, the call to war spread across the fields of Iowa.
There were about 700 calls to be made: a call to Andy Wendling and his brother, a call to Denver Foote, as he waited in the delivery room for his first baby, and a call to an old soldier, Mike Ites, never sent to war until now.
The battalion is a band of bothers, literally: there’s Ryan and Chris Gericke, a student and an electrician; Tom and Jerry Boge; the Moyers brothers; the Parmaters; the Veveras from Iowa City; the Gingrichs, a medical technician and a paramedic; and the Grieners, Mark, a plumber, and Kent, who wants to be a teacher. The list goes on.
Beyond the brothers, there are fathers, sons, uncles, even a husband and wife—one of 22 women in the battalion. Families have been joining the 1st of the 133rd since the Civil War.”

To me this is just sick. Sick, immoral and unethical. War in itself is sick, immoral and unethical. No Government should be allowed to start wars. And no Government should be allowed to send entire families into the front-line even in the case of a defense-war, much less in a war of aggression like this is.I know, many Americans, Brits, Danes, Swedes, Japanese are very proud of their sons, brothers, husbands and wives because they serve in the military. But if you look at it, what is there to be proud of? Really. They will either kill or get killed – how is that anything to be proud of? It’s insane, that’s what it is. Utter insanity.

There is nothing honorable about war and bloodshed. Now, if those “soldiers” had joined each other in a protest against war, and refused to go, despite being sent to jail because of their refusal – then I would be proud, that would be both honorable, moral, ethical and something to remember with pride.

Real MEN like Lt Ehren Watada – now that is a person to be proud of. Him I salute.



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