War Never Ends

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic

There is a cruelty and brutality to war that only the vanquished and the perished can ever know. There is an outrage and affront that assaults the normalcy and constancy of life for those who only watch and scrutinize from afar. The constant and distant sound of endless and timeless crusades and struggles, tempered only by reassuring rhetoric and falsities that fade and wane when the realities of war come home, draped in the American flags, lifeless, dreamless, silent. Yet, it is the constancy of war, and the infliction of rage, and hate and pain, that sustains the human mind.

WAR NEVER ENDS

By Al Garcia

There is a cruelty and brutality to war that only the vanquished and the perished can ever know.  There is an outrage and affront that assaults the normalcy and constancy of life for those who only watch and scrutinize from afar.  The constant and distant sound of endless and timeless crusades and struggles, tempered only by reassuring rhetoric and falsities that fade and wane when the realities of war come home, draped in American flags, lifeless, dreamless, silent.  Yet, it is the constancy of war, and the infliction of rage, and hate and pain, that sustains the human mind. 

The sight of anguished, pained and tear-filled faces.  The spectacle of battered and scattered unmoving bodies.  The vanquished, startled and dazed.  The victors, consumed by supremacy and an abhorrence of life.  Mankind at its pinnacle, with interruptions of momentary intervals of conscience, beauty, serenity, between the gathering storms that reignite the resurgence of hated, distrust and the ravenousness for power and control.  And from the ashes of chaos, discontent and disillusionment, rise rabblerousers and demagogues, who enflame and fan the hunger for confrontation, hostility, and finally war, in all its disguises and guises.

And we sit and watch with wonderment and awe at the sights and sounds in Kabul, Afghanistan, while we point fingers, and make accusations and allegations.  The same thing happened in Vietnam, and a thousand other places, where too many died in vain, without reason or meaning.  War is a euphemism for ambition.  And ambition, once left to fester in sick and malicious minds, can destroy the body, the mind, and the soul, of those who get in its way.  Ambition takes no prisoners, and like the whirlwind, leaves no truths, hopes or dreams standing in its path.

I have seen and felt the anguish and the horror of war.  I have heard the cries of despair on the battlefield, and I have listened to the whimper of death, as it snatches the last breath.  And to see again, the agony, the terror, and the defeat in the faces of ordinary people a world away, brings back tears that I thought I could no longer shed. 

War never ends.  Ambition, greed, power.  Human traits that define and explain the chaos and turbulence of our discombobulated nature and character.  We are predestined to the worst of our inclination.  We are our own worst enemy.  And tears only cloud the reality, without easing the emptiness left behind when the dust of war settles for a momentary pause, before it is revived again to quench the thirst of ambition and greed, if only for one grotesque moment of supremacy over life itself.

And tears will never cease, despite the beauty and the passion what dwells within the human soul, because war never ends.


Submitted: August 28, 2021

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War make money. For defence contractors, sub contractors, shareholders of those companies, 401k plans that invest in these companies.
As long as your children are not in harms way, it's capitalism to make your money grow at the expense of others that you will never meet, never see, never know.

Sat, August 28th, 2021 10:23pm

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