By William Markiewicz

As the reasons for the murders at Fort Hood still remain unclear, I would like to use simple logic in discussing conflict situations. During WW2, I think it was quite known that the U.S. avoided sending Americans of German descent against Germans, Italian Americans against Italians, Japanese Americans against Japanese. Isn’t it logical that people don’t want to fight their own kind when destiny puts them on the other side of the fence? This was not only an ideological fight but a national fight. If somebody is of double nationality, one legal and the other in the flesh, shouldn’t this duality be considered? When people are confronted with a choice in a difficult situation, they may not always make the best choice, maybe because a perfect decision doesn’t exist. In Antiquity, this problem may not have been prevalent; authority was more important than any other links. The Romans could send a Jewish general against Jews, Gauls against Gauls, Germanics against Germans, because the present signified a total separation from the past. People from modern civilizations are more sophisticated and psychology plays a great role. Keeping reality in mind, people shouldn’t be sent against their own kind.

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