combat writing badge C O M B A T
the Literary Expression of Battlefield Touchstones
ISSN 1542-1546 Volume 02 Number 02 Spring ©Apr 2004


Demographers like to say that the penis is faster than the bullet, as if their academic witticism validated or reinforced their pacifistic philosophy. Populations tend to explode during wartime because a young and healthy society is invigorated, stimulated, and inspired to contribute to the commonweal ... which contrasts with a voluntary birth-control exercised by that same society when economic crises or civil discontent prevails. Not only can this be illustrated by depressed countries vying with successful ones, but also by defeated nations recovering more slowly than victorious ones. The pertinent issue is not a perceived threat, which would've inhibited racial development ages ago, but the people's confidence and pertinacity in weathering the storms of change. What academics cannot appreciate about military methods is that genocide and sexual imperialism may be political goals but cannot be military objectives. Even during punitive missions, where pyrrhic victories are probable, a strategy of annihilation is demoralizingly insane. As in chess, casualties are incidental to achieving the primary objective. Although becoming a war bride may be the easiest way for ambitious women to transit social stratification, no one has ever, not even for the seven Pleiades or the nine Muses, not even for the virginal Artemis or the lovely Helen of Troy, gone to war for sexual conquest!

by Pan Perdu
... who is a former soldier and VA counselor; this work has been excerpted from Fragmentations, a book in progress.