the day murder is murder. If there is one constant throughout history it is empires rise and empires fall. It is a gravity of human nature. That which is propelled upward using force must come down. There are a whole lot of other wise sayings. Live by the sword, die by the sword. The sins of fathers are visited upon their children. What comes around goes around.
The same Americans who declared all men are free condoned slavery and persecuted native peoples. The same Americans who declared all men are free declared a civil war on their brothers and sisters. I don't think it is a coincidence at all that the concept of person hood used to legally justify slavery or persecute native aliens has been used to economically enslave American posterity. There was no such thing as federal citizenship prior to the Civil War. Following the war one form of property, slaves, were converted to a different form of property, federally protected United States citizens. As the privileges and benefits of this protected class of federal property has been expanded people have voluntarily chosen to operate as United States persons instead of using capacities as free men and women recognized by natural birth. In the 150 years since the Civil War have the American people addressed the injustice of second class federal citizenship? No. Now everyone is beholden to an over reaching federal government, many don't understand how it happened, and I think it is just. The sins of the fathers have been visited on posterity.
One day, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not ten years from, and maybe not fifty years from now ... but some day there will be foreign initiated hostilities on American soil. It will be a pre-emptive war of aggression, there will be many war crimes, atrocities will be visited upon the posterity, and it will be just. What goes around, comes around.
You made a big todo about duties, obligations, and following orders. Free men have a fundamental duty and obligation to recognize the difference between an unjust war of aggression and a war of self defense. Free men have a fundamental duty and obligation to not blindly follow orders in ignorance and resist immoral, unjust orders.
Don't take anything herein personal. We are all born ignorant and our fathers don't like to tell us any dirty secrets of their sins similar to the movie Godfather. Nor are the cycles of human ignorance or violence anything new. I suspect they will continue repeating themselves as long as the human race exists but that doesn't alleviate any duty or obligation of a free man to act responsibly.
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