The whole concept of "good vs. evil" is a human construct. Our species has used it to dehumanize those we wage war against since the earliest days of organized militaries. It transcends culture, nationality, and our time on this planet; it has always been and will always be.
America's own relationship with warfare is as nuanced as any other nation in history. Some wars have been waged under historically just causes, some have not. We have fought foreign occupiers of our own land, indigenous occupiers of their land, ourselves, our neighbors, foreign invaders, and numerous people abroad.
In all of it, like those before and after us, war has been over economic advancement, independence, territorial expansion, revenge, and, on occasion, simply to do what's right by our fellow humans — and in our young nation's history of war, we've encountered sweeping victory, stalemate, and utter loss
No matter the circumstances of war, we can always cite shining moments of heroism, grit, and honor that has come from those in the proverbial and literal trenches. It's a testament to the toughness bred into the individuals of this land. It has always been and will always be there.
We can always give comment in hindsight on the morality of our conflicts, but one thing is certain: Americans will always come to fight when called.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Platoon 4030, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, perform rifle manual marching movements during an initial drill evaluation June 25, 2018, on Parris Island, S.C. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Dana Beesley)
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.