I have been thinking about this for a long time. A recent exchange with a friendly blogger and tweep, who I respect deeply, made me think about it again. Throughout history, since the antiquity, we know that women can fight, just as well as men, and in many cases, with superior resolution and spirit of sacrifice. There are countless examples, through medieval times, the revolutionary wars of the 18th and 19th century, and of course, in our own time, or that of our parents, the World Wars, the Absolute War on the Eastern front, the decolonisation and wars of liberation in Indochina, South America and Africa.
There lies the dilemma. Let me say first of all, that I don’t feel particularly qualified, and that I shouldn’t throw my own service record around the place as an argument. Furthermore, this is mainly a US debate, at this point, and I have no qualification – or right – whatsoever to tell my American brothers and sisters what to do.
Yet I want to say this: there are horrors that are supportable, only, because one thinks of our children, being looked after, by courageous and loving mothers/sisters/daughters/lovers back home. If those are in the same trench, in the same mud as we are, unless we are on the brink of extinction, we will fail. And they will die the same horrible deaths as we. And so will our children. Then we have, truly, without appeal, lost the war.
Now I shut up, respectfully. In awe.
Postword: of course this bumbling blogger has written more than five sentences! Thanks to my readers for pretending not to notice 🙂 Silence still if not #5SF…
Since writing this post: related article at: