The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.”
― Fidel Castro
What do people think of when they hear of militaries in a red country? They may think of the might of the Soviet Union whose armies beat Nazism, Imperialism, and gave the capitalist USA a severe run for it’s money.
They may think of the grand hordes of the People’s Republic of China, numbering so great most minds cannot comprehend the manpower, though the “red” China has been debated over whether it is a socialist nation, a capitalist nation or, worst of all, a nation developing into a corporatist nation.
What they do not think of is the small forces of Cuba, which has bravely and resolutely faced the cowardly terrorists funded and deployed by the socialist/ communist-phobic USA.
What I intend to raise awareness is that despite the idealism of some people a sizeable military force is necessary. I’d love to live in a world where no wars needed to occur or occurred, where peace was valued higher than national pride or anything like that. War is the despicable child of the worst of human excesses. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that kind of world.
As a species, we still have much to be proud of in the name of peace. The United Nations, despite being full of paperwork and with a tendency of acting late due to the democratic system, is the greatest step forwards for world peace. It was created with the wisdom stemming from knowledge of the failings of the League of Nations with the dream of doing what the League of Nations failed at, stopping another destructive world war from occurring. Helped in part by nuclear deterrent, it has yet to fail in that momentous task, not aided by the actions of certain imperialist nations.
So how does this all relate? The world is made up of humans. Human are flawed. Humans are capable of shocking acts of depravity or beautiful acts of kindness. Leaders of nations are no different – we only have to look at the news to show us how some rulers think they can get away with acting.
Führer Adolf Hitler, Emperor Nero, Benito Mussolini, Caligula, history is full of names of people who abused their power and made a mockery of their people’s rights.
This raises the question: do we stand by and watch the oppressors rule us or do we take up arms against them?
What if we ourselves are not affected and it is someone else in some other country? Do they lose the right to have people fight for them because they are not your people?
Just as we fight for what is right at home, we must fight for what is right elsewhere. If we are not willing to fight for the health, happiness and freedoms of other people, we don’t deserve them ourselves.
That is where a military force comes in. Think of the military as an international police force, but instead of arresting criminals they take down people who flagrantly violate human rights for no good reason. Those are the enemies of the communists and socialists, just as much as the capitalists.
But I leave you with one final thought:
“Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.”
If we choose to be the ones who fight for human rights in other lands, we must ensure we do not become one of those who hides behind a façade of fighting for rights but in practice is nothing more than an imperialist aiming to fill their pockets from the puppet government they try and install. We must care about the collateral damage – it’s no use changing governments but wrecking lives.