In Dawn Krenn's article, "War's Silent Hostage" from the September 2011 issue, a teenager’s cousin was sent to Afghanistan as a Unites States soldier and she talks about how this affects her, how she feels about war, and how she views him as a soldier. After reading Dawn Krenn’s article and understanding her views and points, I found myself to agree with her on her view of war. She describes how there is no right side of war and that killing a person is never the right thing to do, especially when the same problem can be fixed peacefully and without blood shed. I find this to be true and, therefore, agree with her on this. She talks about how the experience of war changes her cousin into a person she no longer knows and how the constant worry of him not making it home has changed her. My father was in the military; however, he never saw live combat and wasn’t ever involved in a war. I once asked him if he ever thought about killing a man, and he always says the same thing every time my brother and I ask him: “No, I never thought about it, but they train you so that you can come home, and if the time comes, it’s either you go home or he goes home. I’m glad I never was in that situation and never had to make that decision; but if the time did come, I believe my training would take over, and I would do whatever it took to come home.” War is destructive for everyone, the mothers, fathers, children, soldiers, and families of soldiers, yet people still start wars and fight them.
"Wars Silent Hostage" by Dawn Krenn
September 27, 2011