http://www.strike-the-root.com/3/ogden/ogden1.html War and Men by Jesse Ogden No matter where you go, no matter what you do, they'll be there. You'll find them in your schools, in your offices, on the radio, on television, in all the media, and sometimes in your own home. They talk very loud and very ferociously, leaving no chance for civilized debate. They're blind statist sheep. In times of war, they'll support any war, no matter how unjust, no matter how much murder there is, they will always support the war, because that is what they have been conditioned to do. Many of them have never had military experience, and yet they act as though they know war more intimately than those who fought it. Those who have never fought but oppose war keep to heart the warnings of Major General Smedley Butler ("War is a racket!"), General Tecumseh Sherman ("There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice to generations yet to come. I look upon war with horror."), they are the people who refuse to listen to what Zinni and Scwarzkopf have said about this new state-sanctioned mass murder, they are the people who will not listen to what the Vietnam vets say about the war, the ones who will not hide behind the patriotism and will tell you exactly what war really is, the ones that everyone tries to silence because they themselves are afraid of facts. Go to a government educational facility--public schools as they are more affectionately called--and take one hard look at the students who have chosen to fall in line and support war. Look into their eyes and you'll see two things: the desire to be on those front lines, to be fighting for God, for country, for freedom, and for glory, but the other thing you will find is fear. That fear they will always try to suppress, always try to destroy, but it's always there, and if you listen to the Vietnam vets who recount their tales of hell in the foliage, you see that fear too, that fear of the capabilities of people to senselessly murder one another, the capability of a few men hiding in a city who have the power to send many off to die and to shoot someone they don't even know, who has no personal quarrel with them. It's this fear that everything they've been told, everything that they learned about not listening to those against war, is a lie. And if you continue to walk in that facility, go to the ROTC, and look into those eyes. They are the future military of this country. But as you look into their eyes, you will undoubtedly wonder which of them will move on up through the system to cushy military jobs where they get to tell everyone what to do, and which of them will be sent to another country as a frontline living shield for the lucky soldiers in back and will be sent back home in a comfortable casket, or better yet, in one of many black body bags. And it's not just the ROTC kids returning home in body bags that you'll wonder about, you'll wonder about the whole school as well. You'll look around, and wonder how many of these kids, whose lives are only beginning, will be duped into military service for "the common good" and for nationalism. How many fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, nephews, grandsons, and now, daughters, will be lost? You would not be the only one who felt sick if you were disgusted by this wastefulness of life, as you wonder which ones walking in the school would have the chance for life and who would not. Most people will oppose the war because they don't see it as one of "our" necessary objectives or maybe for moral reasons, but there are some who oppose it because they see it as only benefiting the state and the status quo, and they are the closest of all. People just will not see the state for what it is, a liar and a murderer. They have grown to use to what Orwell called Big Brother, what Washington called "a dangerous servant and a fearful master." They have grown attached to the institutions that allow men to slaughter one another in the name of whatever reasons they invent, who will mass murder groups of people for various reasons. They will support the downfall of one brutal regime while supporting a different brutal regime, unaware that their own home is no longer the same as what it once was. These people who call for war, they will often call for it in the defense of freedom. But they are foolish; no war has ever been fought for freedom. Wars have been fought for independence, for self-government, for real self-defense, but no war has ever been truly fought for freedom. These wars for freedom have achieved only one thing, to destroy one evil and prop up a new evil. And many times, the new evil is a far worse evil than the old evil. Look at the wars in a broad scope, you will see that when success seems to be imminent, their efforts turn out be for naught, as things get worse than ever before. War is not simply a product of men with evil hearts, it is also a product of men who have weak hearts, who do not have the courage to stand up against everyone and say “no.” Any man who simply goes along with things and does as he's told, if what he has consented himself to is evil, then he himself is also evil and a coward. The duty of all individuals is clear then; let no man, let no individual, force yourself to consent to something that you know is truly evil. Let no man who understands the devastation and uselessness in state-sanctioned murder be subject to conforming with those who accept it. They who know that what the state does is tyranny and injustice, and that the wars that men fight will always be in the benefit of those who have the power to benefit from it, must do everything in their power to resist. If they do not resist, then who will? March 4, 2003 Jesse Ogden is a high school student in Michigan. He does not support the government in any way, nor does he support the students that support the government in any way.