The Glorification of Warfare

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

There is a deep divide on many a moral compass when it comes to warfare in our culture.

Where some see a war memorial as holy ground, to be revered and respected - others see it as a grim reminder of human savagery; a glorification of war.

"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." - Douglas MacArthur

The wounds MacArthur refers to are not just physical. They are the mental and emotional wounds that have scarred countless souls who have endured the horrors of war.

I've seen firsthand the effects that war has on soldiers, both physical and emotional. I can assure you that emotional wounds heal slower, if ever.

Why would someone willingly subject themselves to the horrors of war?

Of course it is human nature to heed the calling of higher purpose and to serve something greater than yourself.

Young men especially, want to know that they are dangerous - and what better field to test themselves on than the theatre of war.

Though I truly believe that the purpose that drives a soldier is far deeper than any of those.

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” - G.K. Chesterton

For this reason, we find our countrymen on foreign fields fighting for a cause.

The cause itself is different in each theatre of war. Though in the most vast of tapestry that is human history, a single thread remains woven throughout.

The world is a dangerous place and you must fight to survive.

It's quite apparent that there is something desperately wrong with our world. It's full of violent predators, of nature's powerful rage and of wild and unforgiving terrain.

The animal kingdom is a prime example of this, where everything tears the other apart for food in a massive struggle for survival.

Nature is primitive. Savage.

At some point, living in our sanitized society free of conflict, we forgot about the true nature of our world.

That nature is horrific.

We are the 1% of the human population that has access to food, clean water, shelter and a life expectancy exceeding 80 years. [1]

That stat alone should make it quite clear that we are the absolute exception to the rule.

Which is where the divide with most people starts.

Our empire has provided us safety, structure to our lives and a purpose that we find a great deal of comfort in.

Yet in Africa alone, 6.3 million children who are born this year will not live past the age of 5. [2]

Over 2.5 million people around the globe are victims of human trafficking; most of them women and children. [3]

More than 2,600 people will die this year in the Ukraine crisis. [4]

The point of all this is that despite what some would have you believe, the world is a dangerous place and you have to fight for your life.

As MacArthur stated, it is the soldier who hates war more than any other.

Though it is this soldier - a realist, peering through the thin veil of our society, who understands that warfare is necessary in this broken world that we live in.

History proves this point, as the vast majority (if not all) of historical scholars pointing to Chamberlain's appeasement policies as a catalyst for World War II.

Had the Third Reich been met with a strong opposition from Western powers, I believe things would have turned out radically different.

Though as history has made all too apparent,

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Should dialogue be an option when dealing with a threat. Absolutely.

Should compromises be made in order to avoid bloodshed. In some cases yes, they very well could.

But what a large portion of our population doesn't realize is that sometimes a rock meets a hard place in this world. It's a spot where there are no blacks and whites, just different shades bleeding into each other.

At some point, someone is going to have to kill someone on your behalf.

Violence is in our nature. To deny that would be to deny all of history.

In fact you're currently standing on strong and free Canadian soil, because someone laid down their life for it.

“History, with all her volumes vast, hath but one page” - George Gordon Byron

And those pages are written in blood and forged in the fires of warfare.

Now you have a decision to honour those men and women who have fought that battle for you, or to mistake their sacrifice for nothing more than selfish blood lust.

On November 11, I hope you will join me in a moment of silence to honour them.


Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll. Since releasing from the military, Jozef continues to rigorously train and expand his knowledge of a variety of weapons platforms and tactics.

Having earned a diploma in Media & Video production, Jozef works as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer while pursing a passion for current global conflicts and how they relate to historical events.