Warcrimes

July 24, 2006

War:

1. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.
2. The period of such conflict.
3. The techniques and procedures of war; military science.

War crime:

An act committed usually during an international war for which individual criminal liability will be imposed by a domestic or international tribunal; specifically : a violation of the laws or customs of war as embodied or recognized by international treaty, court decisions, or established practice.

All’s fair in love and war.

Let’s get real. All acts of war are crimes. We can argue semantics all we want. Crimes against humanity, against nature, against common sense and logic. Through war we destroy our past, ravage our present and cripple our future. We pollute our environment and ourselves. And most of all we throw out what small strides we have made as conscience beings in becoming a matured and enlightened species.

War brings out the absolute worst in us. We quickly rationalize horrific acts against each other through dehumanization. We waste untold resources in a world where those resources are growing more scarce by the day. Our environment, that thing that makes our whole existance possible in the first place, becomes filled with the toxic leftovers of our weapons and destruction.

Yet onward into battle we march. Because we never learn. We glorify war, we rally around symbols of division, we deify those who wage war.

But why do we fight wars in the first place? What do we wish to achieve through their execution? And please don’t tell me it’s to create peace.

Humanity seems to have this default, this impulse that always leads every society to the same action of war. Us against them. This same attitude exists throughout our institutions, be they government, religion, national identity, sports and all the other ways we divide ourselves. In our need to identify who we are, what we each stand for, we generate the seeds of conflict.

I have said this a thousand times and I will continue to say it until my last breathe: We are all in this together.

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