The following is a quick recording I made to respond to a comment posted on a recent discussion we have been having…I will post the comment below, authored by a new commenter by the name of Kip…welcome to the discussion!
Yes, Akbar, war in itself is a wrong. I completely agree. But I believe that history shows us that the means by which we recognize this are mostly proximate. Most of us are consumed by our daily tasks such that ideas of war and peace become abstractions. As you and others suggest, war is a perennial reality that gives meaning to the various world views that people adopt. Yet the conscious consideration of meaning vis a vis war seems to be the terrain of people like you who seek peace as an ideal state; I do not disparage that quest one bit. In fact, I join you. But I believe we get nowhere without demonstrating against the nefarious processes that legitimize war in its most current state. Such processes are not historically unique, to be sure. But they are the most immediate conditions under which we live, and they are the most accessible in terms of documents and memory, and can thus be extracted and analyzed in the headlines of the daily news as well as through those who experienced its most recent catalysts first-hand.
I sense that although you may agree with my premise, you imply it is nonetheless indefensible. And though I would agree it is a hard sell, given the myriad distractions and hardships that people are expected to endure in recent years, it is no less practical than your position of standing firm on principles of peace. In fact, I think the two could work in tandem. But I’ll be frank and say that I am here to push the image of deception and manipulation, to keep it alive and current, and to make a case that our best recourse to peace is to expose and oppose those who take for granted our complicity in their policies.
By Kip on the ongoing discussion in the post A Soldier’s Oath