The curse of War, the solider that were send to hell (Part 1 of the War series)

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War in essence has been a part of humanity from the beginning of creation. American humorist and writer Mark twain says “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” This statement alone manifest the last millennium and far beyond.

Primatologist Richard Wrangham, a major proponent of this idea, developed the “Imbalance of Power Hypothesis” to explain how evolution could produce a propensity for warfare in humans.

Richard Wrangham ( Dr. Richard Wrangham)

The “Imbalance of Power Hypothesis” is largely based on evidence of violence in the animal world, particularly observations of violent behavior among chimpanzees. But other social scientists have instead studied modern humans in an attempt to discover whether warfare is rooted in evolution.

The idea is that our primate ancestors could have gained access to additional food and other resources by attacking and killing their neighbors. Dr. Wrangham reasons, our ancestors would have carried out deadly attacks only when they severely outnumbered their victims. The conclusion is that our ancestors who were psychologically predisposed to cooperatively pick off their neighbors would have had a distinct evolutionary advantage. Or, in Dr. Wrangham’s words, ”there has been selection for a male psyche that, in certain circumstances, seeks opportunities to carry out low-cost attacks on unsuspecting neighbors”.

What does the Islamic tradition tell us about it

Al Ghazzali states in his book ” On the Treatment  of Anger, Hatred and Envy” that anger has been created in a person so as to be his weapon in order to stop anything harmful to him, just as an appetite was created to be his tool to draw what his beneficial from himself. He also adds that there is no escape from both of these urges. If we re-evaluate the statement we find that these two things actually become driving forces during war.

He said “Descend you both from it altogether, you are enemies to each other

(Surah Ta-Ha : 123)

This was a command From Allah  سبحانه و تعالى  to Adam and Shaytan to recognize the relation between the human and the evil invisible. This becomes clearer in the next verse.

And their lord called out to them saying”Did i not forbid you from that tree, and say to you SATAN WAS AN AVOWED ENEMY to you,  ( surah  Al-Araf:22)

Ibless is a clear enemy to us and is relentless, and his hatred for us is so immense and will continue as long as the sun orbits in this universe. Adam ( may peace be upon him) The father of mankind knew it and we should know it. The Origin of the battle stem from the animosity of our greatest combatant “Shaytan”.

The Death of a Solider

It has been ten years and British Soldiers have been participating in a war that many consider to be war that was instigated for the wrong reason. In 2012, 50 soldiers committed suicide according to BBC panorama.

Lance Sergeant Dan Collins who survived a bomb blast while serving in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2009, killed himself on New Year’s Eve in 2011 after suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the BBC reported.

An MoD spokesman said: “Every suicide is a tragedy and our thoughts remain with the families of all those who have sadly taken their own lives. The Ministry of defence and the NHS must have a greater understanding of how to support soldiers and veterans suffering from Service-related mental ill-health”.

Let’s look at the bigger picture, these soliders are not mentally but spiritually broken. Whether its £7.4 or £7.5 million a year is spent on these treatment, it wont change the fact that the experience will last forever.  Ignoring the Cry of Lance Sergeant Dan Collins and many more Soliders will just deteriorate circumstances. By analyzing Lance Sergeant Dan Collins last message we can understand what is really happening.

“Hey mum, just a video, just to say I’m sorry, OK?          solider

“Ever since I’ve come back from hell, I’ve turned into a horrible person and I don’t like who I am anymore.

“This is why I’m doing what I’m doing, OK? I know it’s selfish but it’s what I want and what I need. I can’t live like this any more. One thing I’d like to ask is could I have a full military funeral, if that’s possible? That’s how I’d like to go.

“Mum, please don’t get too upset. You’ve got to understand this is what I want. I’ve tried all the help. There’s nothing seems to be working, OK?

“I love you, OK, and I’ll see you, I’ll see you up there in a few years, well hopefully not a few years, but you know what I mean. I love you. Bye bye.”

The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from.

As Somers highlights in his note, 22 military veterans commit suicide every single day. Amongst active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpassed the number of US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan. What is the reason behind these incidents.

Misconduct in war

One British soldier has been fined and another has had his rank reduced at a court martial after admitting abusing civilians in Afghanistan.

warr lord

At the hearing in Germany, one soldier admitted pulling an Afghan boy’s hand towards his crotch; the other admitted racially abusing an Afghan man.

Their patrol commander was cleared of failing to deal with the offences.

The three men have been granted anonymity amid fears naming them would endanger them and their families.

Judge Advocate Alan Large said it would be wrong to name the soldiers in light of the murder in Woolwich of Drummer Lee Rigby and concerns about the threat posed by “lone wolves”.

The US army staff sergeant who is charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the war in Afghanistan has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales attended at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle and pleaded guilty last June.

At the overall picture both lives are being destroyed. The leaders behind  these campaign care less or they unable to change the situation. The chief of Shayateen personally rejoices of these death as pain and animosity is creates in a concentrated level.

The real reason behind the pain

war and pain

Reason is the key component that offers us choices when we are faced with two options. In war, in particular, these decisions either mean i survive or i get killed. Many people would go for the option to kill before to be killed, however studies and interviews suggest the contrary. Evidence of a powerful resistance to killing has popped up in unexpected places. Informal interviews conducted with thousands of American combat soldiers during World War II by army historian S.L.A. Marshall revealed that as many as 75% of soldiers never fired their weapons during combat. Soldiers will not return fire during combat if left to their own devices has been corroborated by evidence and accounts from other wars, including the American Civil War, World War I, and the Falklands War. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a psychologist and professor of military science, commented on the study and  says “that there is within most men an intense resistance to killing their fellow man. A resistance so strong that, in many circumstances, soldiers on the battlefield will die before they can overcome it.”

So if people resistance as it is, what happens when they start killing? The many soldiers that have these everlasting feelings of guilty are traumatized and lost in their past experiences of war. They fought for the wrong reasons. They Killed for the wrong reasons. They did not understand why they were fighting for. For what sake were they fighting for. If we look into the Islamic tradition we will find astonishing stories and the opposite of what we know war consist of. This of course only happens when if the intention were right, this becomes evident in the battle of the trench where Ali  ( may Allah be pleased with him) a companion and son in law of the prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ) responded to the duel that was requested by Amr’. However Ali ( may Allah be pleased with him)  decides not to kill Amr because his intention changed during the duel. Here is extract of the battle.

A life spent in violence must end with violence. He gathered the spittle in his mouth and spat into the face of Ali!He knew what would happen. He knew that there would be a sharp intake of breath, that Ali’s right arm would shoot into the air and then plunge the dagger into his throat. Amr was a brave man and could face death without flinching. He arched his back and raised his chin?to offer his throat to Ali, for he knew what was to come. At least he thought he knew!
But what happened next left him even more bewildered. Ali rose calmly from Amr’s chest, wiped his face, and stood a few paces away, gazing solemnly at his adversary. “Know, O Amr, I only kill in the way of Allah and not for any private motive. Since you spat in my face, my killing you now may be from a desire for personal vengeance. So I spare your life. Rise and return to your people!”

Throughout history and around the world people have come up with ways to overcome an aversion to killing, such as dehumanizing the victim, placing distance between the killer and the victim, and using drugs or loud music to induce a trance-like state in a killer. In fact, following publication of Marshall’s findings in the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. military embarked on a campaign to more effectively prepare soldiers for combat by employing realistic training exercises. New recruits began to practice shooting at pop-up, human-shaped targets rather than the traditional, stationary bull’s-eyes. More and more elaborate and realistic combat simulation exercises and ’war games’ were implemented. The point of this new training was to make killing an automatic response under combat conditions. And it worked. Interviews with American soldiers during the Vietnam War revealed that somewhere between 80 and 100 percent of soldiers shot at enemies during firefights.

These techniques have got clear side effects on the solider and their families. If we look at Ali ( may be pleased with him) we see that he refused to kill Amr because it would have been unnatural in that case. He made clear to himself and the enemy that he only kills for the sake of Allah ( سبحانه و تعالى) and this gave him this great status being in control of that intense moment. In contrast the modern solider is feed with false beliefs and artificially motivated. The problem here is that the motivation only remains for the moment. The past catches up with these individuals and creates never ending spiral that drags the emotion like quick sand.

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