Opinions for war differ

Jason Okamoto

I can easily begin this column with something like “Of course I don’t believe in war.” But then I would have to acknowledge that I make this statement as an uneducated, misinformed American with no solid base for my stance on the possibly upcoming holy war.

Sacramento State’s own Associated Students Inc. has recently completed a Pro-Peace Resolution that has been sent out to numerous government leaders and officials, who may or may not use it to wipe their ass with after having defecated. This Peace Resolution takes up a little over a page, but is both too broad and ambitious to do anyone any good. And who are ASI to claim that all 28,000 students on this campus do not want war? In these matters, The State Hornet has also had its blinders on, failing to print one editorial or opinion piece articulating the positive aspects of war.

I know a number of students who want to go to war, in order to “take him out,” as they put it. Their arguments seem to be educated and well thought out, and I do agree with the bottom line; assassinating a cruel dictator. But then there are others who make strong arguments against war. The fact that many innocent civilians will lose their lives, and that it might just be better if the US got the hell out of the Middle East and worked harder on creating automobiles that run on water.

“War?” (A dramatic pause) “You don’t (know) anything about war,” a veteran once told me. I never questioned him, because I knew he was right. I know nothing about war and frankly, I am happy with this fact, and hope that that continues to be true for the rest of my life.

I want to feel that our generation, having almost done nothing for humanity, at least managed to not obliterate another country.

But, at the same time, I know that America takes part in at least one major war every 20 years or so, and have been waiting for my turn to fight. “When are we gonna get our chance?” I would as myself as a kid.

I still do sometimes, fantasies of a nation wide draft going into effect right before a big exam that I failed to study for. Once in battle I can imagine myself as Jack Palance in the WW2 film “Attack!” exercising my brute force to gain the respect of my fellow soldiers in the platoon.

Until that day that we do go to war I can’t help but wish that I could have more time to hear out all the students on campus and what they thought about it, even if some don’t think about it at all.

If you, the student body, have a dire need to praise or criticize the actions taken by our country, I encourage you to write in to ASI, The Multi-Cultural Center, The State Hornet, or any other on campus organization that has the capabilities to let your voice be heard. Just be aware that most of want you say, will not be original, and probably won’t appeal to war-conscious readers, like the column you’ve just read.

Jason Okamoto loves coffee and movies. Email him at [email protected].