Join (free) | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Helen Vandepeer, iKathleen Morris, iDiana Perkins, iDarryl Jenkins, iBrian Hill, iAlbert Loren, iRegina Pounds, i
  Home > History > Articles
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Alan Cook

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 153 titles
· 133 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
Member Since: Jun, 2006

   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Message Board
   Read Reviews

· Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel

· Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel

· Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel

· Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel

· Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom

· Aces and Knaves

· Catch a Falling Knife

· Thirteen Diamonds

Short Stories
· Honey's Murder

· Freeway Exit

· Red Dress

· Antietam Adventure--Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Have a Nice Knife

· Echo's Story--Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Hot Days, Cold Nights

· Moon Over Murder

· Little Willie Chews the Scenery

· Freedom Sneezes--Matthew and Mason Mystery

· A Blog on a Blot: Backgammon Anyone?

· Are We in Dystopia Yet?

· Are You Normal? Do You Want to Be?

· Blaze a Trail: Do Something Nobody Else Has Done

· James Bond and Me--and a Few Other People

· Internet Backgammon (9 of 9) Glossary

· Internet Backgammon (8 of 9) Playing the Microsoft Computer Backgammon Prog

· Internet Backgammon (7 of 9) Psychology

· Internet Backgammon (6 of 9) Using the Doubling Cube

· Internet Backgammon (5 of 9) Bearing Off

· Librarian

· Witchcraft

· Mermaid

· Poet's Lament

· Amy Anne Diane

· Clarence High School Alma Mater

· Corporal Ed Lincoln, 23rd New York

· Can-Can

· Limericks--Lady from France

· Eyeful

         More poetry...
· 11 books at .99 on Kindle

· My books can be borrowed from Amazon Kindle

· Now 10 E-books for .99

· Amnesia Mystery Catching On

· 9 E-books for $.99

· My Books on Smashwords

· Awards for Run into Trouble

Alan Cook, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

War has always been with us and always will be, but perhaps we can make it less destructive.


Warfare has been going on ever since the first group of cavemen took clubs in hand and attacked neighbors who were (pick one or more): a. poaching their game; b. infiltrating their caves; c. stealing their women.
Every generation has people who condemn warfare, bemoan the human and economic cost, as well as the ridiculousness and immorality of it. Of course, every generation also has people who claim we must fight to preserve our liberty, even if this means killing people who are thousands of miles away and of no obvious threat to the aggressors. Guess who has their way.
The hawks are usually old men and women who have the authority to send young men and women to do their fighting and dying. This reminds me of an epigram I wrote:
The old men send the young to die in war,
but if the roles were reversed, what then the score?
Modern technology has made warfare deadlier and a lot louder than it used to be. Let’s focus on the noise aspect for a moment.
At the age of 18 I was required by law to register for Selective Service (ID 308838474). In the spring of 1960, fresh out of college, I was classified I-A, which meant I was subject to being drafted for a two-year term of duty. Not wanting to spend two years in the army, I enlisted in the army reserve (ID BR19666125, 63d Infantry Division).
I had a six-year obligation, during which I attended weekly meetings and went to two weeks of summer camp each year at Camp Roberts, California. I was on active duty for six months of the six years. I went through basic training at Fort Ord in Monterey, California (since closed).
During basic training I learned to fire an M-1 rifle. I lost part of my hearing from the noise. My hearing has deteriorated since then, and I have worn hearing aids for a dozen years. If I had been forced to go into combat, I wouldn’t have lasted a day because I would have gone deaf. If I could have demonstrated my sensitivity to noise before enlisting, I would have been classified IV-F and avoided the military altogether.
My point is this: If everybody were as sensitive to noise as I am, warfare would be different than it is. It would be a lot quieter. Perhaps we would still be using spears and bows and arrows. However deadly these weapons are, they are far less destructive than guns and bombs—to humans and to property. They also have a range of yards rather than miles. The cost per casualty would be higher.
Methods of warfare are adapted to the capabilities of the participants. We aren’t going to get rid of war. People have been trying to do that for thousands of years with no success. But what if it became less destructive and less efficient—and more costly? If the cost to produce the same results in casualties was higher, people might have less incentive to fight, especially since someone said all wars are economic in nature.
Anyway, you’d think this would be the case. Well, warfare is becoming a lot more expensive and less efficient, at least for developed countries. The cost per casualty is skyrocketing. We have to pay our troops more and give them expensive hi-tech equipment. The enemy hides and has to be rooted out, one soldier at a time. Meanwhile, they leave booby traps that kill our troops in which we have invested a fortune. Not to mention the human cost.
In spite of the enormous cost, we go on fighting. Instead of cost-benefit analysis, we get hysterical rhetoric about preserving our freedom. Continuous warfare has helped create a national debt in the U.S. that will never be paid off. It may reduce us from a superpower to a third world country. What will become of the freedom we are supposedly fighting for then?

Web Site Alan Cook, Mystery and walking writer

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Books by
Alan Cook

Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, more..

Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

Buy Options
Kindle, more..

Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Amazon, more..

Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..

Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Amazon, more..

Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..

Aces and Knaves

Buy Options
Nook, Smashwords, more..

History Articles
  2. Mankind. 2 Minute History
  3. Booed Off Stage at the Apollo? What Next?
  4. 47 Ronin's True Story
  6. 20 Soldiers Defeat 150,000 Soldiers
  7. USAF Slide on Ice and Snow ski tests
  8. Shakespeare's Secret Messiah--Book Review
  9. Happy Bill of Rights Day
  10. A Day of Pride for every American
  11. A Remarkable Victorian Woman
  13. Some Intersting Family History Facts, Abou
  14. Treacherous Little Known War
  15. Killing Jesus--Book Review
  16. Serpents
  17. The Devil in Massachusetts--Book Review
  18. The Lost Civilization Enigma -- Book Revie
  19. 10 Great Moments in African-American Histo
  20. Eye and Ear (and nose, too - something sti

You can also search authors by alphabetical listing: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen

AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.