Yes you are quite right Lilac and it is a daunting task I 'm sure you'll agree.
Along the vein of the subject of the post, "After NATO detained a U.S. soldier Sunday for allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats alike pointed to the stress on troops after years of fighting and reiterated calls to leave by the end of 2014 as promised, if not sooner."(http://en.terra.com/latin-in-america/ne ... otingspree
I felt we should've never been over there(Iraq,Afghanistan) from the beginning. What happened with 911 should've been dealt with by tracking down the brains behind this tragedy ; they knew who was responsible and who the players were: not just using the scattered tactics that have been used throughout this war. The enemy is an idealism
, which is stronger than any physical enemy. What this soldier has done is just a microcosm of what the US is doing, in my opinion. The only difference is this soldier was now damaged goods and his actions were that of a mind subjected to the stressors of being a soildier deployed too many times. There is some speculation his actions were caused by a malarial vaccine he received. That is highly possible. Who knows, I've often wondered if soldiers were given drugs to make them not be affected by what their tasks entailed. War is not necessary except for the squashing of true evil .
War is for most purposes the result of greed for money, resouces(human or otherwise) power or land. This is documented throughout history. As long as humankind remains unenlighted, this will always be. We were endowed with 'free will' which means we can change the course of this.