I was born in 1950, the year America went to War in Korea.
As a teenager I fought in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Since then, I've followed wars springing up around the globe over the decades. Regardless of how small or big wars have one thing in common; innocent civilians are mercilessly slaughtered, and no one really wins.
There are ruthless civil wars in countries such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria.
There are conflicts in Nagorno Karabakh, Iran, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Sahel, Algeria, Colombia, Chad, and Benin, according to the International Crisis Group.
At this moment there's two hot wars going on. In Israel and Ukraine.
The Top-Tier Risks of War in 2023 are, according to the Center for Preventive Action:
1. An escalation of coercive pressure by China toward Taiwan, including heightened military activity involving the US and other countries in the region.
2. A highly disruptive cyberattack targeting US critical infrastructure.
3. An acute security crisis in Northeast Asia triggered by Noth Korea's development and testing of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.
What I find most difficult to deal with is that every minute, every hour, and every day innocent people are being murdered across the planet in senseless wars.
As it stands, one of my favorite authors, John Steinbeck, has one of the best quotes I've heard regarding wars, "All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."