So, I ran across this quote, and frankly it got me thinking.
Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.” Hillary Clinton, First Ladies’ Conference on Domestic Violence in San Salvador, El Salvador on Nov. 17, 1998
I wish to start of by saying that women are indeed the victims of war. Then again, pretty much everyone is the victim of war. But I am not sure that they are the primary victims of war, at least not from how Hillary points it out.
Do the dead not count? Are they not the primary victims, seeing as they are dead? That is like saying the primary victim of a murder isn’t the man dead in the street, but his wife or mother back home. Yes, those women are victims, but not the primary victim. Primary means First, the first victim is the dead person.
If Clinton had said women were the primary victims because they would be raped or sold off into slavery, she might have had a case. But she said they were first because they lost those who died. Ignoring those men who died. A skeptical man might wonder if it was because she considers men to be completely disposable and unimportant.
I’ll be honest, I worship Gods and Goddesses of War and Death. I do not see these things as bad or evil. They are a natural and needed part of life. But because I worship Deities of war and death, I know the importance of paying respect and honor to the dead. To acknowledge their sacrifice and loss.
Let us not forget the dead.