Defensive and Aggressive War

Recruiting posters always talk of defending the homeland even when your country clearly attacked first and the other country is a small fraction the size of yours.

There are two kinds of wars:

  1. A war where your country is attacked.
  2. A war where your country attacked someone else.

Usually in the first type there is a draft and in the second there is not, though there was a draft for the Viet Nam war. There is a pressing need for young men to defend their country in the first sort of war. In the second, there is not. The first sort of war is legal; the second is not.

Why then do people enlist for the second type of war? They are obviously well aware they will be asked to bully, torture and kill children, women and men, so they could not have that big an objection to doing it.

These are just some of the good reasons to stay well away from such psychotic people as friends, lovers or spouses.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)