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Monday, June 12, 2006

Why I am a Soldier

I am a soldier not to kill, but to protect. History has taught us that it is politicians who start wars and then the soldier and the civilian relies upon the wisdom and military skill of the general to protect him. If wars are started by politicians then it is bad generals who kill the most people. Therefor the better trained the officer and his men the better off are the people in the middle of the slaughter. Even soldiers who desire war lose interest after the first shots are fired and they do not and cannot start the war.

Sun Tzu wrote "The Art of War" many centuries ago. This book contains thirteen chapters on how the successful officer should wage war. It is widely accepted as one of the most comprehensive guides on waging war. The most important point made in The Art of War is that a good general does not go to war if it can be helped and if he does go to war he wins it before he steps onto the battlefield.

"In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful."

Leo Tolstoy