Moment of truth ...
How does a man ever get himself to give that order? How can anyone in their rational mind go ahead at that moment and do it? How does one decide the value of one human life against another? And finally how does one sleep at night after making that decision?
How is that hands don't tremble while firing guns at brothers? How does one detach himself from the carnage all around?
It would take a rational man a very very strong reason and his entire will to force himself to take such a step and even then he'd be devastated .... and it won't take much for a fool to do the same.
There has to be something deeply wrong in our way of thinking for us to allow such deeds. How do we as a people accept such things?How do we provide men with power to carry out these acts? And how do we still accept them and even idolise those same men?
As a virtue, we have carried patriotism to lofty heights it does not deserve. Is patriotism as we practise it today even worthy of being labelled a virtue? A sense of national pride is feebly justifiable but when it takes the form of war mongering and a thirst for blood is it even a human trait anymore?
The feeling of human solidarity must transcend the sense of patriotism that fuels angst among people....where was that lesson lost at that moment when the world was cast into flames?