On Natural order for War

A natural law of nature governing survival is that a species must migrate, adapt, or die. Migration is the process of relocating to food, better shelter, or away from predators. Adaptation is the very slow process of physical change to better exist within the environment available; ie evolution. Dying is the result of not being able or willing to complete either of the other two.

The Unites States military has recently announced that 16 service people, including a general, will be punished for the “accidental” bombing of a medical facility in the area where an active conflict is raging and innocent people are regularly being murdered in horrific public beheadings and wholesale slaughter. These victims didn’t migrate, they couldn’t adapt to being Muslim, so they died.

Armies are said to always be prepared to win a new war having reviewed the strategies of the last one. But is that true if the previous war was neither won nor lost? No military conflict can be truly settled until one of the ideologies no longer has the support of its followers to continue sustaining losses of its people and property. Even ideologies must follow the rules of nature. When conditions warrant, those who believe in an ideology must adapt, migrate away from the adversity or die.

Support by the general populations of both Germany and Japan was withdrawn from their governments when losses were seen as greater than whatever gain might be won. Germany’s formidable army was well entrenched in Europe when the American led allies began sending thousands of bombers with thousands of tons of bombs deep behind the battle front lines and into the German homeland to ‘carpet bomb’ the infrastructure supporting the front-line armies. Killing people and destroying property is the entire purpose of war. It changes the habitat conditions of the enemy. Victory is won by whichever ideology does this best. Peace always results when followers of the losing ideology come to understand they must either stop fighting or suffer more than they are willing to do.

The horrific scene of the nuclear bombs in their homeland immediately changed the minds of Japanese from believing in the expansion of their empire to understanding that their very autonomy could be completely lost if the fighting continued. After the surrender of the forces led by both Germany and Japan, for the most part, American soldiers came home and the German and Japanese people were allowed to rebuild their countries and preserve much of their cultures. Today, both of these formidable enemies are valued friends of America.

But the same scenes of mass destruction that literally ended the great world war overnight also ended the resolve of Americans to win a war by fighting a war. Never again has America entered into a military conflict with any resolve whatsoever to defeat the opposition forces. Since those massive bombings that stopped the fighting around the world in the forties, the purpose of the American military overseas has been only to try to persuade the opposing ideologies to limit the fighting to specifically defined lines of combat and reach negotiated settlements without either side suffering losses to the civilian populations or their infrastructure. This is a policy which defies the very motivation for either side to stop fighting – no loss of support by the population for their government or ideological leaders. And so it is that for more than two decades now the warriors of Islam have been able to receive support and carry on their war against non-Muslims around the world.

Having been nearly unaffected by the recent world war, the Korean peninsula erupted into military conflict only a few years after the ‘bombs’ and the defacto hands off the land-behind-the-lines policy unilaterally initiated by the United States. That policy has resulted in no peaceful relationship between the two Koreas for more than 70 years. Some might argue the situation has even gotten more dangerous in recent years as North Korea’s government has never lost the support of the population to lift them from poverty by obtaining the obvious prosperity of its southern neighbor and even punishing the United States for helping South Korea keep them in poverty.

The Viet Nam Conflict might well have continued for a second decade except for the fact that the people of the United States clearly decided they were no longer willing to support the government’s action. But unlike Korea where neither side was willing to surrender, the Viet Nam peninsula is united and prosperous due undoubtedly to the fact that the U.S. accepted defeat, surrendered and withdrew.

No warrior can carry on a fight without support. Those who support the warriors are no less involved in the execution of the war than the warriors they support. Yet those who make the war possible are excused under the belief that they are not the enemy since they are not seen carrying weapons on the ‘front lines.’ No war can be won if the enemy can not be recognized.

In today’s world-wide war being waged against all non-Muslims by Islamic fighters and supported by the economies of Muslims around the world there is no hope for peace until leaders of non-Islamic nations can at least recognize who it is they should either surrender to or defeat.

Meanwhile America’s leaders continue the failed policy which refuses to recognize the value to the fighters of the ‘civilian’ population from which they come. No better example exist than this latest announcement that the U.S. military will actually punish its own service members for their involvement in what is labeled as the accidental bombing of a medical facility. A facility which may well have been treating enemy fighters or sympathetic civilians who support them. A facility critical to allowing the war against America to continue, perhaps even returning fighters to the front lines where they can kill other American combat servicemen and women or come to the U.S. and murder civilians in their effort to undermined support for America’s military effort to keep the fight overseas.

When Americans finally accept Obama’s and Hillary’s premise that it is our own fault these Muslims are killing civilians here and our servicemen and women around the world, will we repeat the protests of the Viet Nam era and again demand withdraw and surrender? But will the Muslim fighters return to their homeland or will they take possession of their spoils of war and become the conquerors who remain to rule their new land? Migration away from these predators is not possible, adapting to life as slaves or Muslims may be acceptable to some, but death as dictated by nature may well be the only alternative for many.

Is it wrong to label these Muslim fighters who bring this war into America’s cities as terrorists? Is what they are doing so much less than what should be expected by fighters in a war? Perhaps this war could be easier to understand if America’s leadership would accept that we have an enemy, recognize who that enemy is, and remember that the purpose in war is to kill people and destroy property until the enemy surrenders.

An Unchangeable Mindset

original piece by Megan Irvine

New and different surroundings can be scary. When entering an unknown environment many things can go through your head. Such thoughts as fitting in to the new social environment and/or simply surviving are two examples. Situations described in “The Dog Stars”, by Peter Heller, and Brain Turner’s “Soldier Poems,” tell about how stressful it is to live under new conditions when put into a new domain or world. Problems may arise. The mindset that was once internally stable could slowly start to change and become negative, creating the immersion into dark thoughts and actions. The Heller and Turner pieces show the essential need to adapt to a new situation or environment and imply that to adapt is a skill needed for both survival and sanity. Such a skill does not come naturally, but is acquired over time by the observation and experience within the new surroundings.

In order to understand why adaption to a new situation or environment is often necessary to survive, one needs to understand the works of Heller and Turner. Based in a dying apocalyptic world, “The Dog Stars” follows the main character, Hig, and his struggle to survive physically and emotionally. The story tells of a blood disease which is slowly killing the population. Survivors turn vicious as they fight among themselves to survive in this new world.

“The Soldier Poems” describes the life of a deported soldier and tells the stories of different soldiers’ adaptions to their new environment. After comparing “The Dog Stars” to “The Soldier Poems” it is understood that in many stressful situations the need to adapt is essential to survive and keep your sanity.

An example of adaption is given in “The Dog Stars,” where Hig adjusts from his previous comfortable lifestyle to a more urgent survival mode. In this story, Hig learns how to kill and avoid detection by enemies. He learns how to survive with what he has available around him and how to return to the natural world. He acquired new skills as the world worsened and people died at an alarming rate. Acquiring new skills, a common type of adaptation, was crucial for Hig in order to survive the insanity. After reading “The Dog Wars,” one concludes that aquiring new and different skills is key to survival in different apocalyptic scenarios and thereby carry on the human race.

A more realistic tale of adaptation is found in “The Soldier Poems” in which the author offers advice that better illustrates how soldiers adapt rather than simply telling a story in which adaptation was already in effect. Different advice for deployed soldiers from previously deployed soldiers is written in multiple poems. One such suggestion is in the poem “What Every Soldier Should Know” by Jean-Jacques Roussea. In this poem Roussea describes some cultural rules that should be observed to avoid disrespecting the people the soldiers have been deployed to help. Traditions such as how to enter a home are found when the poem reads, “Always enter a home with your right foot; the left is for cemeteries and unclean places.” (2d stanza) In a war environment it is important to adapt by respecting such customs in order to keep peace with the people that surround you. This type of adaptation is extremely valued within the military.

A basic premise of both novels is the idea that different environments require different adaptations. The writers illustrate that in a world that has started to succumb to chaos and death, the ability to alter your previous way of living is necessary to survive the madness and murder. This same concept also applies in wartime when soldiers are sent into a third world country to fight for freedom. Observance of the culture is necessary to avoid being socially offensive while maintaining the mentality of survival because death can come at any moment. One concludes from these books that changes in one’s environment socially, physically or both, will determine the conditions of the necessary adaptations.

The readers might ask how the main characters were able to keep their sanity during the dramatic changes in their personal worlds. Hig, in the “The Dog Stars,” was able to keep his previous mindset because he was able to escape the chaos and population early on and hunker down at the airport where he kept his plane. Hig was also able to continue his previous hobbies such as fishing and poetry. We learn he even went so far as to return to his home and retrieve his poems when he says, “I have a book of poems by William Stafford. It’s the only thing I went back for: my poetry collections.” (29) Finding as much normality as possible is an important component to keeping your mental health in difficult and/or abnormal situations which act to distract your mind from the madness.

Similar to Hig, the soldiers we read from in “The Soldier Poems” have their own ways of keeping their mindset positive; especially in battle. Unlike in an apocalyptic world, in a war encampment there are many friends around to keep you company. Building good relationships will help you keep your sanity as well as that of your friends. Writing letters, exercising, reading, and other activities also help keep you calm during the long periods of deployment.

Losing mental focus in a dangerous situation is one of the quickest ways to be defeated. It is extremely important to keep a strong mindset. This is especially true when those around you are depending on you with their lives. Keeping your sanity also means not bowing to negative thoughts such as suicide, or hurting others because you suddenly see them as a threat through your clouded eyes.

To survive and complete the mission you must keep a calm mind set and be ready to implement your back-up plan if necessary. This is true for the physical plans as well as your mental plans. You must be able to recognize the trappings of confusion, and always be able to trust your mental backup plan if you believe you are losing positive focus. Mental back up plans could be as simple as talking to a friend or entertaining yourself with one of your hobbies. You do not want to be caught in a battle situation and unable to stop your mind from slipping toward insanity.

 

On Natural order for War

A natural law of nature governing survival is that a species must migrate, adapt, or die. Migration is the process of relocating to food, better shelter, or away from predators. Adaptation is the very slow process of physical change to better exist within the environment available; ie evolution. Dying is the result of not being able or willing to complete either of the other two.

The Unites States military has recently announced that 16 service people, including a general, will be punished for the “accidental” bombing of a medical facility in the area where an active conflict is raging and innocent people are regularly being murdered in horrific public beheadings and wholesale slaughter. These victims didn’t migrate, they couldn’t adapt to being Muslim, so they died.

Armies are said to always be prepared to win a new war having reviewed the strategies of the last one. But is that true if the previous war was neither won nor lost? No military conflict can be truly settled until one of the ideologies no longer has the support of its followers to continue sustaining losses of its people and property. Even ideologies must follow the rules of nature. When conditions warrant, those who believe in an ideology must adapt, migrate away from the adversity or die.

Support by the general populations of both Germany and Japan was withdrawn from their governments when losses were seen as greater than whatever gain might be won. Germany’s formidable army was well entrenched in Europe when the American led allies began sending thousands of bombers with thousands of tons of bombs deep behind the battle front lines and into the German homeland to ‘carpet bomb’ the infrastructure supporting the front-line armies. Killing people and destroying property is the entire purpose of war. It changes the habitat conditions of the enemy. Victory is won by whichever ideology does this best. Peace always results when followers of the losing ideology come to understand they must either stop fighting or suffer more than they are willing to do.

The horrific scene of the nuclear bombs in their homeland immediately changed the minds of Japanese from believing in the expansion of their empire to understanding that their very autonomy could be completely lost if the fighting continued. After the surrender of the forces led by both Germany and Japan, for the most part, American soldiers came home and the German and Japanese people were allowed to rebuild their countries and preserve much of their cultures. Today, both of these formidable enemies are valued friends of America.

But the same scenes of mass destruction that literally ended the great world war overnight also ended the resolve of Americans to win a war by fighting a war. Never again has America entered into a military conflict with any resolve whatsoever to defeat the opposition forces. Since those massive bombings that stopped the fighting around the world in the forties, the purpose of the American military overseas has been only to try to persuade the opposing ideologies to limit the fighting to specifically defined lines of combat and reach negotiated settlements without either side suffering losses to the civilian populations or their infrastructure. This is a policy which defies the very motivation for either side to stop fighting – no loss of support by the population for their government or ideological leaders. And so it is that for more than two decades now the warriors of Islam have been able to receive support and carry on their war against non-Muslims around the world.

Having been nearly unaffected by the recent world war, the Korean peninsula erupted into military conflict only a few years after the ‘bombs’ and the defacto hands off the land-behind-the-lines policy unilaterally initiated by the United States. That policy has resulted in no peaceful relationship between the two Koreas for more than 70 years. Some might argue the situation has even gotten more dangerous in recent years as North Korea’s government has never lost the support of the population to lift them from poverty by obtaining the obvious prosperity of its southern neighbor and even punishing the United States for helping South Korea keep them in poverty.

The Viet Nam Conflict might well have continued for a second decade except for the fact that the people of the United States clearly decided they were no longer willing to support the government’s action. But unlike Korea where neither side was willing to surrender, the Viet Nam peninsula is united and prosperous due undoubtedly to the fact that the U.S. accepted defeat, surrendered and withdrew.

No warrior can carry on a fight without support. Those who support the warriors are no less involved in the execution of the war than the warriors they support. Yet those who make the war possible are excused under the belief that they are not the enemy since they are not seen carrying weapons on the ‘front lines.’ No war can be won if the enemy can not be recognized.

In today’s world-wide war being waged against all non-Muslims by Islamic fighters and supported by the economies of Muslims around the world there is no hope for peace until leaders of non-Islamic nations can at least recognize who it is they should either surrender to or defeat.

Meanwhile America’s leaders continue the failed policy which refuses to recognize the value to the fighters of the ‘civilian’ population from which they come. No better example exist than this latest announcement that the U.S. military will actually punish its own service members for their involvement in what is labeled as the accidental bombing of a medical facility. A facility which may well have been treating enemy fighters or sympathetic civilians who support them. A facility critical to allowing the war against America to continue, perhaps even returning fighters to the front lines where they can kill other American combat servicemen and women or come to the U.S. and murder civilians in their effort to undermined support for America’s military effort to keep the fight overseas.

When Americans finally accept Obama’s and Hillary’s premise that it is our own fault these Muslims are killing civilians here and our servicemen and women around the world, will we repeat the protests of the Viet Nam era and again demand withdraw and surrender? But will the Muslim fighters return to their homeland or will they take possession of their spoils of war and become the conquerors who remain to rule their new land? Migration away from these predators is not possible, adapting to life as slaves or Muslims may be acceptable to some, but death as dictated by nature may well be the only alternative for many.

Is it wrong to label these Muslim fighters who bring this war into America’s cities as terrorists? Is what they are doing so much less than what should be expected by fighters in a war? Perhaps this war could be easier to understand if America’s leadership would accept that we have an enemy, recognize who that enemy is, and remember that the purpose in war is to kill people and destroy property until the enemy surrenders.

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