Take charge of your army

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Reader Wolf Halton commented:

“We will have to help the military-industrial complex, with its thousands of jobs and millions in income, to find a socially acceptable outlet for its creativity.”

Wolf is right–no one is left out of world peace, or it’s not world peace. Today, politically organized death and misery is still socially acceptable. By February 14, 2014, together we will make it illegitimate.

Past peacemakers have criticized the military and arms-makers, often in strong terms. Criticism has its place, but we don’t have time for much inside our peace deadline.

Honestly, who is criticizing whom—who exactly is the military-industrial complex? Is it the soldiers who volunteer to serve and get a college education? Is it the managers and employees of corporations who win military contracts? Is it the taxpayers and bond-buyers who pony up the money? Is it the citizens who enjoy the protection of the military?

Only you can answer the question for yourself, but I think that the military-industrial complex is…you and me.

Here’s the upside—here’s where you get to feel powerful—if you are the military-industrial complex, then whose army is it? That’s right, it’s your army! All you have to do is say what you want done with it.

Really—it is that simple. Start saying what you want done with your army. Peacekeeping? Great! What should the army, navy, air force and the rest of the military-industrial complex be doing that represents you? Be specific—your military needs specific missions.

We are talking about the most disciplined, focused, goal-oriented force in the world—whether the US military or your home country’s army. The military wants, at the root of their ideals, to fight for something good and win. The military wants to protect—and we definitely need protection from the danger of war (by peace safety practices–another blog coming soon).

Notice that you have been asleep at the wheel. Your army is restless and unfocused, your army doesn’t have a mission that inspires it, your army has been taken over and used by ideas that are not representative of you! This is a disaster, an emergency, a world crisis! Your army wants orders that it can get behind, a direction to victory, triumph, glory and honor! Don’t expect your military resources to figure out what they should be doing–that’s your job. You define what victory is, what the mission is. If it’s my army, and it is, then the mission is to keep the entire world safe from the danger of war.

Your army is MISERABLE! Your air force is UNHEALTHY! Your navy is making circles in the ocean and wasting lives, money, goodwill. Your military is being used to make us unsafe. Forces of corruption have crept in to your army. We don’t need to criticize the corruption–we just need to give our army something useful and fulfilling to do.

It’s not too late—speak up about how your immense resource should be used.

Do these exercises to start taking command:
1.    Call anyone you know in the military. If you don’t know anyone, then find someone. Say to them, “You are giving your life to the military. What mission would most inspire you to serve?” Then listen with all your heart.
2.    Write in your journal what missions you would give your army. Whom would you consult with to make sure your orders make sense?
3.    Answer these questions in your journal: whom do you need to talk to about gaining control of your army? What do you need to say? Make a phone call right now, or put a to-do in your calendar.

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One Response to “Take charge of your army”

  1. Michael J. Stone Says:

    Nathan,
    You bring up a very intersting perspective. I recently spent some reflective time thinking about how I am responsible for the activities of people on the other side of the world. Mainly, the war in Iraq.
    After some deep reflection it occurred to me that, on a basic, non partisan, non political, economical sense, we are responsible for the Armed forces because their role is to protect us.
    We may not agree with their policies, tactics, and strategies chosen by those in command, nevertheless, at the root of all is the argument that it is for our greater good, or for our overall protection.

    At its deepest core, the US Armed Forces are deployed in Iraq to protect me from seemingly Imminent danger.

    You are absolutely right. Is it my Army! Thank you for putting a new light on this perspective.
    Mike

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