The Real Reason for War

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To
speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves
anti-war men, I ask for, not at once no war, but at once, better
war. The objections which have been brought against war, and they
are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, must, in the end,
yield to the laws of God and to scientific reality.

Truth
be told, humans in general and certain individuals in particular,
want war. Violence is a component of humanity's gene pool, war being
one manifestation of this violent tendency. The religious among
us might say that man's violent tendency is a result of our fall
from grace, our sinful nature. Heaven, by contrast, is universally
regarded as a peaceful state.

"They
will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning
hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they
train for war anymore." ~ Isaiah 2:4

Followers
of Charles Darwin would assert that an individual's violent nature
might sometimes be a reproductive advantage. For this reason, the
tendencies to behave violently and make war are passed on from generation
to generation. These same proponents of evolution would also warn
us that, in the age of weapons of mass destruction, our violent
abilities might lead to self-extinction. The continued survival
of human beings as a species would be more secure if we could somehow
eliminate violent genes from our genetic pool.

Thus,
religion and science agree that we humans would be better off without
our violent nature, but that this violent nature that leads to war
is an inextricable part of an individual's constitution. No religion
and no psychiatric method have shown any great or permanent success
in curing mankind of violence. It seems humanity is condemned to
a violent death through self-extinction.

Fortunately,
there is a secret worldwide society of pacifists working on a solution.
I was inducted into this group in 1984 while a senior cadet at the
United States Military Academy, one of the group's most important
training centers. I eventually left the Army for reasons of personal
philosophy, and joined the society's classically pacifist branch
where I am better suited.

For
effectiveness and safety, the organization has, until now, been
secret. I am revealing its inner workings because my former branch
of the group has become inefficient. The leadership of that branch
has made some grave errors, and I hope that the light of publicity
will help to correct them. Time is of the essence, and we must work
quickly and efficiently if we are to avoid self-extinction.

For
those readers who have never understood why humanity fights war
endlessly, this was intentional. What follows should resolve much
confusion. Until now, revealing the real reasons for war would have
undermined the society's efforts. In fact, members of one branch
of our society are usually not even aware that they are working
with the other branch. This is also intentional. It preserves the
purity of purpose of each branch. As someone who has worked for
both branches, I am one of the few individuals who can comment on
the "big picture."

Long
ago, the society realized that warriors are less likely to pass
their genes on to the next generation. Dead soldiers do not reproduce.
Crippled soldiers reproduce less than they would were they not crippled.
A warrior's job and training frequently isolates them, denying them
the opportunity to copulate with the opposite sex. When the soldier
is off to war, the soldier's sexual partner is unable to have sex
with the soldier. The partner may choose to abstain, or may engage
in reproductive activities with a member of the opposite sex who
is not a soldier. The result is that the partner's genes are sometimes
paired with those of a non-military person, hence one that is probably
less violent.

Over
time, all these scenarios result in violent genes being removed
from the human gene pool. Eventually, with no violent tendencies,
humans will cease to conduct war, and will avoid self-extinction.
The glorious day predicted in Isaiah 2:4 will be at hand. In other
words, war properly conducted, will lead to peace. The religious
among our group simply say, "The Lord works in mysterious ways."

The
goal, then, was to develop a method of selecting those humans with
the most violent tendencies out of the general population and encourage
them to participate in war. Conversely, we wanted to identify those
humans with the most non-violent tendencies and discourage them
from participating in war. Thus, the nonviolent group, without the
reproductive handicap caused by war, would reproduce more efficiently,
and over time, the human species would become less violent.

By
necessity, we focused our efforts on young adults, especially young
men, because this group has the greatest reproductive potential.
For effectiveness, we divided into two branches. Society members
joined the branch to which they were naturally suited based upon
their particular psychology and needs.

The
classical pacifists' goal was to identify those youth who are not
violent, and to influence them to resist war. The classical pacifists
talk and write about peace, they sing anti-war songs, and they march
in anti-war demonstrations. They are sometimes bombarded with tear
gas, or are dragged from the street and arrested. They tend to be
quite dramatic, but in reality, they accomplish very little. Naturally,
artists and philosophers are attracted to this branch of the society.
Classical pacifists tend to harbor the secret fantasy that all humans
are nonviolent and would act accordingly if only someone who knew
better could just talk to them. Classical pacifists can be recognized
by their ability to tolerate scorn and ridicule. This quality helps
them select out the truly nonviolent members of society who must
necessarily be able to "turn the other cheek, " and "love
their enemies." In general, classical pacifists perform their
duties for little or no compensation. This lack of dependence on
material wealth is reflective of another quality of the truly nonviolent
— the ability to resist the temptation to take their neighbor's
possessions by force.

The
second group of pacifists attempts to identify and influence violent
youths to engage in war with the ultimate goal of removing their
violent genes from the human gene pool. For their own safety, this
second group must remain undercover lest the violent youth discover
the plot and turn their violence on the plotters. These pacifists
undercover, selectively seducing
youth, were originally known as the Selective Service.
This title was exposed and discredited in the 1970's, but the group
survived and now goes by an acronym comprised of the first letter
of each term that describes them. To avoid exposing them completely,
I will, when referring to them, substitute a * for the terminal
Y in their name – thus PUSS*. I doubt any of them will be able
to figure out my ruse. Since 9-11, it is commonly known that they
have trouble connecting dots.

Observe
high-ranking military officers, national media commentators, televangelists,
or executives in the military-industrial complex. Each one is very
likely to be a PUSS*. It is rare to see a politician that is not
a PUSS*. Every PUSS* loves to talk about war and combat. He makes
it sound necessary and courageous and noble. But while he uses romantic
phrases like "defending freedom" and "serving your
country," you will never see a PUSS* actively involved in combat.
In fact, he will do everything he can to avoid any violence. No
excuse is beneath him. This is because every PUSS* is secretly a
pacifist. He may have past combat experience. It makes no difference.
If he does, he is a convert. Every PUSS* is a pacifist. Of course,
he will deny it. Being a liar is a prerequisite for being a PUSS*.
It is part of his job. He needs to convince the violent youth that
they are fighting and dying for a noble cause, when in fact, they
are just removing their genes from the gene pool. In contrast to
a classical pacifist, for whom the cause is the most important factor,
a PUSS* works for the highest bidder. A PUSS* has no tolerance for
scorn or ridicule, on the contrary, he loves yes-men and ass-kissers.

So
now you know the real reason for war — to eliminate violent genes
from the human gene pool. There is no other reason. You were right
when you wondered why, if wars make us safer, are we less safe?
You were right when you wondered why, if wars defend our freedom,
are we less free? You were right when you wondered why, if war rights
a wrong, with all the wars over all the eons, is there so much evil
in the world? War does not make us safe, or free, or more holy.
War kills people — that is all. When conducted perfectly, war eliminates
only violent genes from the population; but only heaven is perfect.
War is hell.

If
you are not violent by nature, and you are not a PUSS*, do not join
the military. If you are in the military, resign or quit. You have
made a mistake. You were misled. You were not intended to be there.
You will accomplish nothing. You will, in fact, be acting in opposition
to the plan. If you are a nonviolent person, it is your duty to
God and to humanity to avoid war. Be fruitful and multiply. Do your
part in preserving the future of the miracle that is the human race.
Bring heaven one step closer. Leave the violence to those whose
genes should not be passed on.

But,
I digress. To continue, things were going along acceptably until
George W. Bush was elected President. Yes, there were inefficiencies.
Some nonviolent people joined the military and many violent people
did not, but at least we were moving in the right direction. On
the whole, our methods were leading to the gradual elimination of
violent genes from the population, and it seemed as if the world
was a less violent place.

The
election, itself, posed some difficulties. To appear innocent, a
PUSS* must remain undercover, but anyone who looked closely at George
W. Bush's military record would have seen him clearly for the PUSS*
that he is. To make matters worse, everyone he appointed seemed
to be a neoconservative — again, each one obviously a PUSS* to anyone
who looked closely. Fortunately for Mr. Bush, every PUSS* in the
national media came to his assistance, and the issue of his military
record, as well as the unimpressive backgrounds of his neoconservative
cabal, was buried. The troops still trusted him.

9-11
was a disaster. No civilians should have been killed. President
Bush was warned by both domestic and foreign intelligence services
of an impending attack using airliners. If President Bush had been
intelligent enough simply to connect dots, the terrorists would
have been caught and for the next few years, terrorists and soldiers
alike would have spent time chasing each other around God's creation
instead of engaging in reproductive acts. In another move that risked
exposing him as a PUSS*, President Bush hid out in Nebraska until
all the violence had passed. But again, every PUSS* in the national
media serviced the President above and beyond the call of duty.
They made him out to be some sort of hero, in fact. The troops still
trusted Bush enough to go to war.

Then
came Afghanistan and Iraq. Huge numbers of civilians died — so many
that it began to subvert our plans. We were no longer eliminating
violent genes from the population; we were just eliminating genes
at random. Worse still, George W. Bush turned out to be a terrible
liar. Everyone saw through the Niger uranium charade. Then, no one
bought the stories about weapons of mass destruction, or aluminum
tubes for gas centrifuges, or the Saddam Hussein–Bin Laden connection.

Presently,
the lies seem so poor and so transparent that Bush is risking blowing
his cover entirely. This has already happened to Tony Blair in the
UK. The troops are dangerously close to seeing Bush for what he
really is — a PUSS* who is sending them off to die for no good reason.
Soldiers everywhere will shout, "Expose the PUSS*!" This
would be completely unacceptable. Soldiers might begin to reproduce
instead of fighting and dying for Bush. The entire plan is in jeopardy.

So,
I am going public. At least I can try to warn those non-violent
youth who, by some mistake, ended up in the military. I have this
fantasy, in fact, that our society has done its job better than
I know. In the present, perhaps, everyone in the military is nonviolent
— just misled. Perhaps, if they only read this essay… But now I
am surely dreaming…

September
8, 2003

David
Wiggins [send him mail] is
a West Point (United States Military Academy) distinguished graduate
and an honors graduate of New York Medical College. He left the
Army as a Conscientious Objector resigning his commission as an
Army Captain on the Iraqi front lines during Operation Desert Storm.
He is currently an Emergency Physician.


        
        

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