What a waste.

Every time an American soldier dies, in some far off desolate place, I often think, “what a waste.”  What are they fighting for?
     I keep trying to justify the killing, the suffering, the sacrifice. I can’t. I don’t think anyone can honestly give a reason for the endless wars that we continue to feed. 
     Some politicians will point out some abstract reason for conflicts which defy rational reasoning. They play on words like “democracy,”  Words which have less meaning after each battle has passed.
     The same statement seems to hang over each returning coffin. WHAT A WASTE!