Plato, a man of many arts & disciple of Socrates once said “Only the dead have seen the end of the war“…
War comes in many forms, we have the Sports War, the Economic War, the Art War, but the worst of all is the one that is fought with cruel brain-less violent Guns & Mortars and WMD’s. Such is the destruction with these sophisticated Human-killers, that nobody wins the modern war & Bertrand Russell summarizes it quite perfectly “ War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
With the level of destruction to the precious human lives, the economy, the flora fauna it just is completely a shame.The soldier who lays down his life on the battle-field was somebody’s Father, somebody’s beloved son, somebody’s Love. He,too, had his own dreams perhaps to see his daughter grow into a beautiful lady or his infant son to a fine young man & to live all his years of life.But Alas!The devil called War cheats him of his life & buries his dreams in his chest.
” In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.”
And the worst part is modern war is not just limited to the battlefield, it comes to the doorsteps of the innocent citizens.The missiles today can circumnavigate the globe & carry the deadly weapons that can wipe the city clean in a matter of minutes. The scars of Hiroshima & Nagasaki fail to dim from the minds of the people & the genes of those who survived it.Considering the fact that Little Boy & Fat man were just the infants of modern day nuclear bombs, the thought of a nuclear war is more than scary!
The economy ,too, suffers very badly. The cost of developing & acquiring such weapons puts enormous pressure on the economy. The trade comes to almost standstill.The destruction of property is obscenely high.The losses due to war of few days with conventional weapons is astronomical. The money which otherwise would have been used for some positive development is lost in the smoke & leaves a trail of corpses to be mourned.
Why cannot an unsolvable problem (i.e. if there is anything really like that)be decided over a cricket or a football match? No it is not possible Sir, for the stronger nation it has superior numbers & hence will fight war & the obnoxious ignorant oldies will declare the war & the young Soldiers will bravely go out to the trumpet of war.Do they go out for the love of their Politicians? or they find it very gamely? No you ignorant fool, they do so for their fellow soldiers.This quote from Black Hawk Down movie says it all beautifully,
“When I go home people’ll ask me, “Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?” You know what I’ll say? I won’t say a goddamn word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.”
Sometimes I think, how nice it would be if Guns were used only to hit the dummy pigeons & flatten the watermelons, rather than a human head. That mortars & Dynamites were used to blast the rocks than a truck. That nuclear fission was limited only to medical & electrical fraternities… But alas!I am just dreaming of ‘Gardens in the Desert Sand’!