In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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One Shot, One Kill

Well, it's memorial day weekend which means there are a plethora of war movies and shows on tv. I watched Saving Private Ryan last night and today I've been following Band of Brothers. Even with vivid film-making and special effects, it's hard to grasp what the horrors of war must really be like. Not only the fear and the pain of wounds but imagine the screams of the injuried and dying, the smell of blood and spilled viscera, together painting a scene that most of us couldn't comprehend no matter what.

Not only is war a God awful mess, but it's also capricious. One man lives while another dies. Training and skill can explain a lot but after a while, all it is is incomprehensible luck. No wonder so many soldiers suffer from survivor's guilt. Like Matt Damon's character in the movie questions, did he really deserve to live when so many fell. Why him and not another?

It might be true enough, but it's always been a harsh price paid by heroes. I wish more people would realize that the freedoms we enjoy today only exist because of the sacrifice of thousands upon thousands over the course of this country's history and that it's a price that is still being payed today. The right of some people to speak out today and call the military butchers or jack-booted thugs are exactly the ones that those individuals have placed their lives on the line to project.

Anyway, one trivia fact that I find pretty disturbing. In WWII, 15,000 bullets were fired for every single man killed. By the time vietnam had rolled around, this number had increased to 50,000. Can you just imagine the sheer number of lethal death that must've been flying around. You could bury a man with 50,000 bullets.
Tags: war on terror

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