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I
have come to the conclusion that the Creator does not want us to
fight wars or to leave our brothers to die in hunger or disease
for we have been given the things we need to provide all men on
the planet what he needs to get by in the world. I have been lead
to question some things about myself that I could change to better
myself as a man.

Why
should I not help another human being that needs what I can help
them with? I have ignored that for far too long. I have turned my
head when the homeless person asks for a little help. I have taken
advantage of others when I should have been offering a hand up.
I have done things in my life that I am not proud of. I have not
lived a perfect life so I do not claim to have the authority to
tell anyone else how to live his or hers.

Some
people are asking me why is it now that I have come to this conclusion
that I can no longer take part in an organization whose primary
purpose is to kill. People are asking how I can spend ten years
in the military and now want to get out or how I can abandon the
people that I have served with. I have to tell them that I have
seen the wrong way that I had been living and that I need to make
some changes. Changes that will hopefully let me live a better life
and that will allow me to be a better part of the human society.

I
have learned that I have done things that are not to the benefit
to mankind and that to continue in that vein would be detrimental
to my growth as a human being. And now that I have seen the errors
of my ways, wouldn't it be prudent to change the way I conduct myself?
Why should I continue with what I see as self-destructive behavior?
And why should I continue a way of life that does nothing to alleviate
some problems that have plagued humanity far too long? If a drug
addict learns that the drugs are killing him then he is expected
to stop using drugs. That leads me to ask the question, "If
what I am doing is killing me spiritually, why should I continue?

Some
people claim that war brings peace; if that is the case then why
do we not have peace in the world? There have been wars as long
as I have been alive and yet we still have no true peace in the
world. We are taught in school that we have had the American Revolution
and the two world wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada,
Beirut, Persian Gulf War, and now the Operation Iraqi Freedom, and
my point is, "When will it be enough?"

Do
we want our grandkids to learn the "art" of war? Should
we teach them to throw hand grenades and learn how to shoot center
mass of a human being in order to kill them? Or should we be teaching
them to hit home runs and to catch fly balls? We should teach them
to throw the winning pass at the super bowl, anything but how to
kill other humans. There are many things that should be shown to
our young besides the "honor" of killing.

War
should be left behind us in the memories of history. The people
of the world should practice it no more. Better results in peace
could be realized if we were to reach out to our fellow man with
an understanding instead of aligning them in our rifle sights. I
know that this is a concept that will take time for people to understand,
but isn't it time to start trying?

We
have recently observed the day that honors Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and shouldn't we remember his words and try to live them? "I
have a dream that one day that all the children of the world can
live together" That may not be the exact quote but I believe
that is the essence of what he wanted to see in our world. When
will we try to attain that goal?

"I
have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out
the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on
the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons
of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table
of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi,
a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression,
will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have
a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content
of their character. I have a dream today."

Why
can't we take that view for peace in our country and expand it to
the nations of the world? It made sense then and it makes sense
now. ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.

And
if is the case that all men are equal, why I am facing the possibility
of seven years in Federal Prison because I do not want to kill another
human being?

January
25, 2005

Kevin
Benderman [send him mail]
is an Army Sergeant in the 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, GA.

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