Originally Posted by Jason Lysander
The Moderator states: "Our military is a system; people sign up for it primarily because they can't find other jobs."
? Fact? Clueless ? or enlightenment ??? Is this an open mind?
Who is causing the violence? what are their goals?
I know many people who join the military for reasons other than the inability to find jobs outside of the military.
I know many who join knowing it will be a difficult task with possible injury and even death because they believe it to be the right thing to do and are following their hearts.
I know some who have always dreamed of being warriors and join to fulfill that dream.
I know some who love their country and join to be a part of something important that is "bigger" than themselves.
I know some who do not know what they desire from life and choose the military as a place to mature.
I know some who join to get money for their education.
I know some who simply can't get a job.
While I am an American I believe that similar reasons exist for those who join the military of other countries as well. Indeed I believe that many of the same reasons exist for those whom the popular press and officials of any country call terrorists or otherwise identify as enemies.
When I think of the cost to people in a war I also believe it is not just those who agree with me or my country who suffer. I think killing people is a bad idea. I do not discriminate between the group or nation in which I am a citizen and those who are part of another nation or group. I do not believe that the negative effects of war are limited to my countries citizens but rather believe it is a tragedy for all who are involved; friend, foe or innocent bystander.
I can not say that war is always avoidable. I can not say there is never a just war. I do know that I have compassion for the people who are involved. That compassion extends to the people who do not view my country as "friend" as well as to those who do view the United States as friend.