The Perfect Soldier

Posted by on Mar 7, 2010 in Choken Word, Peace, WAR

You put me in the ground.
You put me where I will be found.
You never have to give me another round.
You never have to feed me like a regular soldier.
You never have to give me a uniform or anything more.

I just sit there and wait till some poor
Sap comes along and dies or is forever tortured.

I do not recognize peace agreements.
I do not know you or me or a country
And when the soldiers shake hands and go home
I wait to take another, blow off a limb or take a life.
And their are tens of millions of me waiting to take more lives.

In honor of Jody williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.



  1. Frank Enstien
    March 7, 2010

    You left off the last line.

    “I am one of the biggest reasons that 1.5 million communist North Koreans HAVEN’T invaded their peaceful and prosperous southern neighbors.”
    Land mines are gooood!

  2. Akbar Lightning
    March 8, 2010

    you’re an idiot…

  3. Frank Enstien
    March 9, 2010

    No. Princess Di was a blithering idiot. Knee jerk reactionaries who don’t understand the utility of defensive weapons are also blithering idiots. They usually haven’t THOUGHT things through, but they have EMOTED, and therefore they feel rather smug and superior.

    Do you believe for one second that the NK Commies wouldn’t storm across the DMZ if they thought they’d be successful? Our existing troop levels there couldn’t stop them! A few hundred thousand land mines can come in handy sometimes. They help the free people of South Korea sleep well at night.


  4. Akbar Lightning
    March 9, 2010

    like i said, you are a propaganda-filled idiot…land-mines are hidden objects of destruction that exercise no distinction between enemy and child…this, like many of our weapons, are not good for the environment, the social environment that a lot of sophisticated human beings live in…not barbarians…even a hunter is ridiculed when he cannot distinguish between a deer, or quail, and his friend…or should be…these weapons cause wars to have lasting repercussions for innocent people, and if you support the destruction of innocents, then you do not have the moral complexity to even discuss issues of economic theory..

  5. Frank Enstien
    March 9, 2010

    I guess I expected a minimum of comprehension on the Korean issue. You emote rather than thinking. That’s fine for children, but dangerous for adults. The people of South Korea are fortunate that their leaders put the lives of their citizens ahead of silly and childish notions like “landmines are bad”!!!

    That’s just as puerile as “guns are bad.”
    Like all tools they have their place.

    Let’s do a multiple choice:

    If the placement of 100 thousand land mines in the DMZ deters an invasion from North Korea and the slaughter of 95 thousand innocents, those land mines are..

    A. Good
    B. Bad

    See there, I’ve made the choice as Manichean as I possibly could. I knew that would appeal to you. Grow up.

  6. Akbar Lightning
    March 9, 2010

    guns are bad, and at a certain point, emotional wisdom is humanity’s saving grace…there are a variety of forces that can be used against oppression…and in my experience, violence tends to augment the problem…

    i understand your logic, because it is simple…i would say simplistic…

    given the insidious nature of these landmines i found your comment idiotic and provocative and insensitive…

    guns are not a tool…unless you feel that war is a type of craft to achieve particular political aims…and many believe, such as myself, that war produces nothing but more war…

    your multiple choice demands that you identify yourself and what it is that allows you to be sooo expert at this issue that you can calculate such numbers…because such multiple choices are impossible to calculate given the complexities of these issues, one must approach such things with ideals…

  7. globatron
    March 9, 2010

    Something adults are also better at than children is seeing The Big Picture. Try thinking outside your one scenario Frank. It might help your narrow vision of this global problem.

  8. globatron
    March 9, 2010

    And for a really personal view. Small picture but still part of the Big Big picture because it’s all connected.

    Are land mines really good? Whatever makes you sleep better at night.


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