I am tired of war.
In my six decades we have fought in Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq (twice), the Balkans, Afghanistan, and now Libya. Well, actually several U.S. Presidential administrations have rattled their sabers toward Libya, and a few even sent in bombers to show Kadafi our air might. Removing Moammar Kadafi from the world political stage has become a national obsession second only to our fixation on Fidel Castro - a revolutionary who spit in the eye of every U.S. President from Eisenhower to Baby Bush - and has been relaxing in an Havana hospital room spitting in God's eye for the past few years.
Today we are fighting in Iraq, though that war is supposedly ending - but we are going to leave troops there nonetheless. Today we are fighting in Afghanistan, and if there is an end in sight to that war, the American public remains in the dark as to what it is. (Remember Afghanistan - the Soviet military debacle of the 1980's that did so much to bring an end to the Soviet Union? Ask the Ruskies for their take on how winnable Afghanistan is.)
And then there is Libya.
Yes, Moammar Kadafi is a murderous bastard whose demise could only improve the conditions of Libya and her people, or so we speculate. But Kadafi is a cockroach, and we all know how hard it is to kill a cockroach. We have bombed his home in the past and killed relatives, but never the cockroach himself. Today a NATO air strike hit the home of Kadafi's next to youngest son, Seif al Arab Kadafi, in a residential area of Tripoli. Daddy Kadafi and his Missus were reportedly in the house, but they got away unscathed. Seif, however, described as a student in Germany, was killed along with three of his children.
The cockroach lives, but three of his grandchildren are dead.
The cockroach will have as many lives as Fidel - but grandchildren are dying. Grandchildren are dying in Libya, grandchildren are dying in Iraq, and grandchildren are dying in Afghanistan. Little grandchildren are dying, sons and daughters are dying, people struggling just to survive and feed their families are dying. About the only people who aren't dying are Kadafi, Castro, and the politicians around the globe who engineer wars for glory, fame, and profit. The cockroaches march on.
Grandchildren should never die.
All war sucks.
I am so tired of war.