If you were told that your army is in place to protect you, know that it is a lie.
If you were told that the army of your country is painstakingly fighting against those who are conspiring against “us”, know that the faceless “they” could be children who were born into the wrong world.
Those who kill in the name of a nation, a religion, a flag, a history, or a future should not be judged according to their proclaimed mission, but from the point of view of their nameless victims.
If you believe that those who serve in the army are heroes sacrificing their lives to keep you safe, know that it is because of those soldiers that wars can be so devastatingly waged.
Often soldiers join armies because they enjoy the act of killing and want to make a legal living from it; others do so to escape their life conditions, and in doing so they sustain the conditions of poverty and injustice of which they are victims.
If you were brought up to respect the army, you were brought up to glorify murder when it is committed by the state.
States have ordered the massacres of entire populations of people under the protection of the law, which is legislated by the dominant, with the blessing of the ignorant.
If the state commits murder, know that it is still murder.
Just as soldiers in an army are trained never to question orders and to act and look all the same, your army is a killing machine just like any other army.