I Support the Soldiers, Not the War: A Look at “All Quiet on the Western Front”

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I finished this brilliant little book called “All Quiet On The Western Front” a few days ago. This war novel wasn’t concerned so much with the war, but the soldiers. It was the tragic tale of a regiment in World War I. All of them are about twenty years old, and all of them die by the pull of the trigger, or the firing of the mortar. The amazing thing about these people is that none of them really fully comprehend what’s going on. They’re there because they’ve been told that it’s a great thing to lay down your life for your country. And that’s enough reason for them. So I support the brave ones who are willing to lay down their life for the sake of the one next to them. I do not support the war though.

Supporting the war, and supporting the soldiers are two different things, you can support one without the other. Not wanting to go to support the further death of ours, and others, is not anti-patriotism. And if patriotism is defined by your support in warfare, consider me an anti-patriot. Better to be forsaken by your native people than to cheer for their death.

War is no longer just a form of protection. That stopped at the Revolutionary war for America. It has become a political breaking-ground for supplying land and resources at the expense of another people. When put in that light however, people begin to not want to be at war anymore. Especially the soldiers. So politicians need to keep a veil over a war in order so it appears to be an act of defense. Otherwise you lose the faith of your people. Did you ever think why we hear all about the Middle East being the enemy (a chief supplier of oil), but in Mexico where so many more of our enemies are, we’re not worrying about securing our borders?

Aside from being unjust, war gives those who fight a serious deprivation of hope. As in the book “All Quiet On The Western Front,” those who had so much of life left to live, forgot what life was before the war began. All they know is death, pain, hurt, and a restless firing of mortars. The only thing they look forward to is the end of their life. Seeing that much death isn’t natural, and it drives a man to the brink of his sanity. It ruins lives.

Wholeheartedly, I support the ones willing to go through this pain and suffering. Such bravery is needed in all parts of life. But the ones who wage the wars are the ones I wish would take the bullet instead.

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Jacob Rauch is a writer, musician, and homeschool student from State College, PA. His father, Eric Rauch, is Vice President of Product Development for Liberty Alliance. Jacob lives in Dallas, GA.
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