There are always at least two combatants when people, athletic teams, countries, and more are challenged, one by another; what is hard to remember (and people usually don’t want to remember) is that the opposition is made up of people just as human as you, or any other person. By humanizing your opponent you tend to weaken yourself or blunt the edge of your aggressive behavior; which is something you cannot afford to do if you wish to come out ahead in the conflict. You may not even know what the conflict is about, and may not care anyway, leaving the tactics, strategy, and decision-making to others. But you know that if the “bad guys” haven’t been labeled as such and demoted, in your head, to either ‘not real’ or ‘not human’ status, you won’t perform at your highest peak. Once everyone, opponents included, are seen to hurt and bleed like you, love and care for their families like you, and to have dreams and goals like you, the differences between you don’t seem so great. However there are those who don’t understand humanity or everyday people, and want political or ultimate power or a legacy for themselves. To check or halt these people we must sometimes resort to war and violence and it is admirable and amazing how the foot soldiers on all sides retain their humanity, compassion, and reverence for all human life. I honor all those who serve their countries now and who have served in the past, don’t you?