14/06/2012 by Jaki Miles-Windmill
Men enjoy the idea of war. Otherwise they wouldn’t do it.
I can think of some things that men wouldn’t enjoy, the likes of which, if they had to encounter them on the battlefield, they would not have signed up for in the first place. It seems that the possibility of killing or being killed is no deterrent. War has never been a solution for anything historically. Additionally, we don’t appear to learn from it unless we are directly involved mortality wise – and sometimes not even then. This is compounded, my dears, by the fact that we often blame the other side for any maiming or deaths and never ourselves. War is, however, sociologically a very useful tool on the part of those in control. They encourage the idea of ‘glory’ and of patriotism because it helps to keep them in control. People who don’t think beyond their boxes often naively believe that they are fed the truth by ‘authority’. So war binds them together for a common esoteric, nebulous (and often based on lies) cause. This makes them feel warm, cuddly and very self-righteous – to say nothing of patriotic. Must get on with the tank top I’m knitting for my nephew.