I never quite figured it out.
Of course, that might be because I had, well,
No knowledge on the subject,
But that doesn't change the fact.
I'm terribly sorry for any misunderstandings,
Or stereotyping I may have,
Because as I just said,
I am not literate in the language of war.
Every day, people fight.
Perhaps it's a trivial matter,
Such as who gets the TV remote,
But sometimes- And I hate this one-
It's about who shoots first.
Or about who gets killed last.
Worst of all: who can kill more innocent people for a silly cause.
Isn't that what war is about?
They say to fight for our country,
At least in America.
They tell us to bear our name with pride,
Uphold justice within the states,
And serve a patriotic cause.
To not conform to a bad cause,
Such as fighting for another country,
Or giving any kind of mercy to the particularly nasty ones.
Because our country is all that we live for,
And it deserves more respect than us.
They say that, but they know that not all of us are pure American.
I, for one, am mostly Chinese.
While raised here in the US of A, my family lives in the mainland of China.
So if we went to war,
What would happen?
My father lives in China.
Would I be pitted against the rest of my family?
Would I be the murderer of my father?
Would my cousin kill off my friends?
Ashamed by both my classmates and my teachers,
Why would I want to call myself an American?
How worthy would that cause be, then?
And how many people were killed in previous wars?
Are being killed now?
Will be killed in the future?
Is the future going to be made up of nuclear weapons?
Of people aiming guns at fellow humans?
Or will it be disease-ridden,
With countries disposing of others simply by releasing a lethal virus?
Is everything that makes us human going to be replaced by a desire to kill?
No matter how seemingly political the cause is,
It seems like nothing but murder to me.
And do those people who fight sincerely want to?
Look at the battlefields.
At the end of wars, in the battlefields, there is celebrating.
Not only on the winning side.
Everywhere, soldiers smile and laugh and high-five and embrace,
Not necessarily from the same side.
Enemies celebrate peace together,
As if they were friends all along.
Unlike the cold-faced rulers, who simply snarl as they work out a treaty.
As if the soldiers who fought for their lives were merely toys.
Sometimes they say its for a good cause.
To secure the freedoms of the people,
Or whatever odd and crazy reason there is.
Is it really?
Is killing off other countries really worth it?
Is it really a good thing when, supposedly, our side is winning,
Even if it means that innocent citizens are bombed?
For example, is the bombing of Pearl Harbor so terrible,
You must unleash an atomic bomb on millions more people?
I know that bombing harbors isn't the best thing to do.
But really, is that how you take revenge?
Is it because an American, Patriot life is worth so much more than a Japanese one?
Because if that's true, then I feel ashamed simply living here.
Since when has the land of liberty been so racist?
There's a thing called conformity.
Good conformity and bad conformity.
Some say that fighting for your country is an example of good conformity.
But face it: Is murder really that good?
Is it really necessary?
To kill, for whatever reason...
Why would you do such a thing?