“I don’t know who to shoot…”

“I don’t know who to shoot – they all look like us.”  Last night’s news shared these words coming from a Russian soldier.  How awful is this is so many ways? 

On the one hand, here are people who share Slavic ethnicity, killing each other because a dictator told them to and forced the other side to defend themselves.  On the other hand, how horrible is it to find it easy to shoot the enemy when they don’t look like us?  In either case, the default is to kill.

In a bit of a gender spat, when I questioned why men always default to war and killing, I was challenged with, “Do you have a better answer?”  I guess consciously choosing not to default to that isn’t an option.

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