Miles, I don't question your belief in diety or your religous leanings. That is your own determination and conviction. Life is truly precious. Precious to the mother and father, brother and sister, son and daughter; aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, and friend. And precious indeed to the Almighty who created it. But life on this earth is fleeting and fragile and very brief to that One that knows all things and sees them before they happen. But it is man that puts so much value on life when it suits his desires and wishes or infringes on his own dreams and expectations. Men who choose the path of war and destruction help draw their own map in life's journey. Men swore oaths of alliegiance in this war we discuss. And were taught the punishment associated with breaking these oaths. What should have been done with deserters? They had in effect made themselves extinct to the thing that they had pledged their loyalty. And in doing so could become the oposite of what they had promised to be. The enemy. Capable of aiding in the destruction of that which they had pledged to serve. Death is inevitable to us all. The reason why it happens and when and how it does is often of our own choices. I remember one of my favorite descriptions of what war is, from of all people, Rush Limbaugh. "War is about killing people and breaking things." Cavalier indeed.