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War War never changes Since the dawn of human kind when our ancestors first discovered the killing power of rock and bone blood has been spilled in the name of everything from God to justice to simple psychotic rage From the very beginning of our existence humankind has killed for the things they want As the things we killed for became more complex so did our methods for justifying our murder America was founded upon liberty and freedom from foreign oppression yet as our country ages we continue to involve ourselves in foreign wars Our involvement is always justified freedom from an oppressive regime or the country in question has weapons of mass destruction that threatens the lives of Americans Wars are not based off of humanitarian action but off of what can be gained versus what can be lost which are usually the lives of soldiersNorman Mailer became a member of the United States Army in 1944 and served in the Philippines His experience gives substantiation to that of the enlisted mens experiences which asserts that the army functions best when youre frightened of the man above you and contemptuous of your subordinates Mailer 65 Norman Mailers The Naked and the Dead follows a fourteen-man infantry platoon who are stationed in the South Pacific during World War II and infiltrating a Japanese controlled island The novel emphasizes the hierarchy of the military by having General Cummings and Sergeant Croft constantly put men at risk for personal glory and power Kurt Vonnegut echoes this sentiment in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five which chronicles Billy Pilgrims experience who witnesses the Dresden firebombing and then is so emotionally traumatized that he believes he is kidnapped by aliens Kurt Vonnegut was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and actually witnessed the bombing of Dresden himself Vonnegut puts Billy Pilgrim in his place and uses him as a means by which to
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