Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Why I don't support war in Afghanistan, and neither should you

Here's a really good explanation of what is going on in Afghanistan (video), it takes 17 minutes to watch.

It's probably a good explanation of what is going on anywhere in the world that we have war going on.

I'm reading a book called Constant Battles: Why We Fight by Steven Le Blanc, about humanity's violent past. Basically the author is saying that warfare has always been with us and was probably more prevalent in the distant past than it is today. Mortality due to warfare was routinely as much as 25% of all males among our distant ancestors.

The author suggests that we come by this warlike propensity "honestly", that our ape-ish forebears were probably doing the same with possibly even higher mortality rates. He also proposes that there is a link between big game hunting and warfare; apes that hunt (such as chimpanzees) are more likely to also attack and kill each other. Apes that do not hunt (such as gorillas and bonobo chimps) also do not attack and kill each other.

I haven't finished reading the book but Le Blanc appears to suggest that the good news is that we are actually getting better, we practice warfare far less and are far more horrified by the idea than we ever used to be.

If we don't kill each other all off---either by warfare or by environmental destruction---then we may actually humanize into something pretty decent.

Here's hoping.


Wisewebwoman said...

Yes, I also believe we are not fully evolved but wouldn't a matriarchal society solve most of our problems?

Rain Trueax said...

I agree with you. War should be a last resort and it doesn't usually change people's minds as much as kill the innocent along with the guilty. The argument that we fight them there to not fight them here is not only selfish but nuts! It is frustrating that so many see it as a first solution.

Barbara Anne said...

As the poster from the 1960s says:
"War is not healthy for children and other living things."

I oppose war and didn't vote for those who took us there - twice.

I support the troops and want them safe at home now. NOW.


Annie said...

In so many ways and on so many levels, making war is just not the right response. The fact that we still do it makes me doubt our maturity and ability to deal with equally devastating issues. We need to grow up, very fast.

Yes WWW, I don't really care what we call it, but something saner and more "motherly" than what we have now would go a long way toward solving problems.

Yes Rain, it kills the innocent perhaps more than the guilty.

Yes Barbara, they need to come home to their mamas NOW.