Governments play a trick on the common man. All are made to believe that it is an “honor” to “serve” one’s country. Fear of consequences are instilled into anyone considering not following blindly commands from above. Men in power must convince citizens of their “duty” to fulfill leader’s wishes and commands.
Anyone watching British television is constantly reminded of the two world wars. Most programs attempt to glorify what--in reality--was a waste of human lives. Little criticism is aimed at foolish leaders--on all sides--who waged an idiotic war from 1914 to 1918...which led to a bigger one, partly because of decision made by some of the same politicians.
Newspapers are filled with praise for soldiers, who are forced to participate in the last three unnecessary US wars (one of which I experienced first hand). The praise and glorification is an attempt to divert attention from the idiocy, waste, and futility. Too many still swallow the rhetoric and hype, which explains why leaders continue to pursue misguided policies.
Englishmen were jailed for conscientious objection. There is even the absurd story of the writer, who sat in jail with a murderer: one for killing and one for refusing to kill.
If more of ones that must die refused, there would be less wars and less needless deaths. But, first, people must stop believing in empty “honor” and the hypocrisy of “duty”. Unfortunately, like in a casino, the house always wins and takes something from the suckers. Sadly, the chips are counted in lives.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.