Saturday, February 15, 2014

When Boys Play War

The Banner boys are ate up with airsoft, ATE UP! Weapons, bullets, camo and goggles can be found in every room in this house. I finally got tired of cleaning bb's out of their bedroom floor so we dedicated a room to their guns & gear. 

Deacon loves planning MilSims. (MilSim is an abbreviation of Military Simulation, and refers to military simulations conducted by civilians for entertainment purposes.) He dreams up scenarios, creates props and lays out his loadout. (Equipment, ammunition, tools, and clothing used by a person. Loadouts can change depending on time of day, season, terrain, and personal preference.) 

Recently he planned a MilSim, writing the backstory he spent days thinking through it and even contacted a military friend to proof it.  
Operation Grindstone
          Last week a small UN base was attacked. There were a number of wounded civilians and a CIA agent was at the base undercover and unknown to the UN. If anyone finds out the US will be in major trouble with the UN and with it's ally Britain due to tensions between the countries in the past months. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility but we believe that it was a small, highly trained force known as the "Loc." The "Loc" is responsible for three recent terror attacks against the UN in the past year. We believe the "Loc's" commander was present at this attack. We have a capture/kill warrant on him. As far as we know there were no survivors from the base...
There are businesses doing this every weekend, charging to play. We won't let Deacon charge his friends like he wants :) He had a great turn-out, 35 guys and even some fellow airsoft junkies he met from Oklahoma. 

So does it scare or bother me when our boys play war? 

Yes - Something about seeing your child in full military gear holding a weapon makes me want to sing "mommas don't let your babies grow up to be soldiers." 

But mostly, I'm good with it. 

They are outside, not in front of a computer or TV.

They are creative, being resourceful, making use of what they have. (Snow sleds for shields) :)

When I would watch this scene in The Patriot, I would cringe thinking about boys that young having to defend themselves and their families... all the time knowing it was and could be a reality.

I wondered if my boys would be prepared like Benjamin Martin's were??

So... should boys play war?? Micheal Pakaluk put it WAY better than I could, but I couldn't agree more...
"Playing at war is intrinsically valuable, since it resembles the actions characteristic of military virtue... noble aspiration, audacity, confidence, abhorrence of evil, and feelings of comradeship." and "The wars children play at are not frivolous: they have a moral character. The bad guys know that their cause is bad and understand that they ought to be repulsed; the good guys use proportional force, have a right intention, and do not reciprocate aggression. Normal children playing at war do not play at killing civilians or committing acts of terror."
Read his full article here. 

 Lastly, I can't go without saying, I'm so thankful for the men and women my children are imitating. Like Winston Churchill said "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." 

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