From the earliest days of man when families became tribes, we have been sucked into the evil. Villages became cities; cities became countries and kingdoms became dictatorships or democracies. We threaten, maim and kill those who compete with our point of view. We arm and train our children; calling them the righteous soldier. We take the innocent volunteer and send them off to commit state-sponsored murder and other atrocities.
No soldier, I won’t thank you for your service.
I apologize that humanity needs your service.
All indications are it will never change; countries without power live in chains. The peaceful who abandon the blade, spear, arrow and bullet soon find torture, suppression and elimination their fate. To maintain our peaceful way of life the murder, suppression and even total elimination of our foes will always be required.
If our society was violent by nature, the satisfaction of vanquishing our enemies would be acceptable. We try to maintain a peaceful facade and leave you to deal with the conflicts that arise from your state-sponsored actions.
No warrior, I won’t thank you for your service.
I apologize for human nature and the things you had to see and do in the name of peace.
For the glory of Rome.
For freedom from colonial rule.
For the safety of the pioneer.
For the preservation of the union.
For stopping the axis of evil. (WW 1&2)
For stopping the red menace from the north (Korea and Vietnam)
For elimination of terrorism.
For this list being only seven of thousands.
Unless you have experienced the trauma good men and women feel when they eliminate an enemy and have to relive that vivid moment for a lifetime, you need to know how hollow “thank you” sounds.
Even I’m sorry is inadequate.