Beating the drums of war

Reflections on drums of war beaters, war battle fighters, victory, peace and who benefits.

War history shows that those who enthusiastically beat the drums of war, are not [necessarily] willing to, and therefore are rarely [those] the same who fight the battles of war. They rarely have their own children or even, indeed, siblings willing and ready to partake in and fight the battles of war.

War is a complex state, it involves and requires complex engagement. But any war, giving consideration to the notion of different kinds of wars, has its own defining [defined and necessary] battles. Battles that must be engaged in and fought as, if only not to make the war meaningful, to definitely make the war necessary.

Battles, ignoring semantics, are an integral and inevitable engagements of war. Without [defined] battles, most wars are meaningless and in fact, therefore, not necessary. Battles are rarely fought by those who enthusiastically beat the drums of war.

War drum beaters are too busy beating the drums of war to engage in and fight war battles at the battlefields. Battles, in most cases and wars, are usually fought by those who rarely understand what [kind of] war they’re fighting, why – the reason – they’re fighting the war or the meaning of the war. They rarely know, except for vague notions that tend to moralise and justify the importance of war, what they’re fighting for or indeed stand to benefit by fighting the battles of the war at the battlefields.

But they fight anyway, battle after battle; courageously and with dedication too. They rarely question or even, indeed, ask why they’re fighting the war partly because they’re too preoccupied with and busy fighting the battles of war at the battlefields. And partly because they’ve been thoroughly trained out of the ability to question the essence of war or indeed, to entertain such thoughts let alone ask questions as to why they have to fight the war in the first place. They’re trained not to think anything outside the commands of war, at the battlefields, usually given by and from those who instigate and are the beneficiaries of the war.

What is almost true of war – especially one in which the military is an integral element and weapon – and battle fighters; those who fight military battles of war, are rarely those who benefit from victory of war. This is largely because, in some if not many cases of war, many do not survive battles of war. Battles mean life and bodies are [put] on the line. Survival is luck. Those who survive are either physically incapacitated, or psychologically (mentally) traumatised or both. They’re incapacitated [robbed of the ability] to benefit from victory of war; which in itself morphs into another form of war, usually of social and economic nature, with its own battles and therefore requires the ability, both physical and psychological (mental) to fight such battles.

Those who benefit from the victory of war, tend to be [from] the stock of enthusiastic war drum beaters, and those who come from the outside, while having had the privilege and benefit of standing on the boundaries of war, enjoying the spectator status, to take advantage of victory. Rarely are opportunities of [in the] victory of war seen by those who have battled at the battlefields to win/and secure victory of war. In most cases, they’re too traumatised as to have an organised mind (mental state) necessary to think coherently to identify opportunities.

What is also true of war, is that those who win battles rarely win the war, because they rarely survive battles. But won battles do contribute greatly to the victory of war, in the grand scheme of things. Because war victory is the sum total of won battles at the battlefield.

To win a military war, military battles must be won consistently. To win military war without (not common but not impossible) or at least with less military battles, still military tactical force must be applied to subdue the enemy to bring about battle victory without battling.

Those who win war, rarely win peace because wars are rarely fought for the purpose of [bringing] peace. War victory has little to do with peace. Similarly [winning] peace has little, if anything at all, to do with war. The motivations for either or both tend to be completely different and therefore require different approaches. But it is possible to have relative peace with [as a result of] victory of war.

Reflections on drums of war beaters, war battle fighters, victory, peace and who benefits.