If you took the history of the world and condensed it into a 24-hour day, the amount of time this country has been in existence would only be equivalent to a minute or two at best.
With that in mind, I have a thought I want to share with you.
In those few minutes of history we have seen a lot of changes, and especially conflicts.
This country alone has been involved in many wars, including two World Wars, a Civil War, Vietnam, Korea and, most importantly, our own revolution.
We were born out of conflict and with very few exceptions of those minutes we have been in existence, we have been involved in some sort of conflict throughout our entire history.
Now let’s look at the rest of the world, which has a much bigger chunk of that time than we do.
Europe pre-dates us by several thousand years of recorded history. Again, that time span is full of the same type of history. Wars upon wars have been fought on European soil since humans started writing down history.
In this time concept Europe still can only claim more than a few minutes more that we do.
When you go farther to the east you more than double the known history of humans and it is there that I want to talk about.
At no time in the Middle East has there not been some sort of conflict.
Their 10 minutes of that 24 hours of history, like the rest of the world, has been marred in conflicts and war.
They have been at it much longer than their fellow Western humans.
If in our short period of existence we cannot avoid conflicts, how in the world can we expect them not to war with each other?
Westerners are more civilized, I hear a few say. My response to that would be Bosnia and, of course, Russia.
Don't expect the Middle East to become a place of tranquility.
It will not happen.
In the realm of time, the Middle and Far East have the longest history of conflict. Then add that to the rest of the world and I think you may see a pattern developing here.
At the core of all these conflicts has been that one ideological belief must be imposed upon another.
That is the way of humans since they first appeared on this earth and will continue to be such as long as there are humans left standing.
We may be lucky enough to see a lull in conflicts.
But as I said in the beginning, we have only been here a short period in the realm of time and those lulls account for only milliseconds.
My last thought on the subject is this: There is no time at which there will be no conflict. War is a part of human nature.
It will not go away because it has never gone away, and as long as there are those who want to impose their ideology on others we will as a country be drawn into those conflicts.
This has happened in the past and it will happen in the future.
I hope our decision to get involved is based on our core belief that humans have a worth and deserve to live.