What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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It is on days like today that I take a moment to ponder world events, both past and present. I am saddened by the amount of wickedness, corruption, and evil in the world. It is because of such things that men and women often die much earlier than necessary. Fighting for a cause they feel is just, they sacrifice their lives to defend and promote the virtues of their nation.
Throughout the history of the world there certainly have been instances when military action were necessary. The fight against tyranny and oppression has brought about many a revolution, be they big or small. Yet there are also numerous instances of unnecessary wars being fought—brave, honorable soldiers being sent to an early grave because of orders given by a politician in a remote location pushing an immoral agenda.
How may lives have been lost unnecessarily, on both sides of conflict? How many times do we as humans resort to violence and force to pursue an agenda—even peace? How quickly do we trust in the gods of steel?
Today I stand with others to honor the sacrifice of our brave men and women in the military. I do so with frustration for those politicians who use such persons as pawns in the real game of Risk, moving them about the board without thought or concern for the lives they are affecting.
May our soldiers who fight for freedom and peace be able to enjoy some themselves…