Coming Soon: Listserv on the "Psychological Interpretation of War, Genocide and Terrorism." For further information contact Orion Anderson at <mailto:libraryofsocialscience@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> libraryofsocialscience@xxxxxxxxxxxxx _____ THE SOLDIER AS SACRIFICIAL VICTIM Richard Koenigsberg "Hypocrisy lies at the heart of the institution of warfare. People plug into the fantasy of national power and glory. They embrace war as a righteous struggle between good and evil. However, most people do not wish to be put in harm's way. War is more enjoyable when the fighting is delegated to someone else. The soldier is revered and worshipped because he takes the sacrificial burden upon himself. He kills, suffers and dies for all of us." _____ The complete paper by Richard A. Koenigsberg is available for the first time as an on-line publication. To read: THE SOLDIER AS SACRIFICIAL VICTIM: Awakening from the Nightmare of History PLEASE <http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/soldier_nightmare.htm> CLICK HERE or visit: <http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/soldier_nightmare.htm> http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/soldier_nightmare.htm _____ Awakening from the Nightmare What would it mean to "awaken from the nightmare of history?" In the first place, the ability to awaken means recognizing that we already exist as if in the midst of a bad dream--one that is occurring within the space of reality or waking life. Many aspects of political history possess the characteristics of a nightmare. One need only turn on the television set or read today's newspaper to apprehend the "waking nightmare" to which I refer. The fact that one is present within "reality" or awake does not mean, however, that one is not dreaming. It is a mistake to equate "reality" with that which is real. War, I suggest, may be conceived as a shared or collective fantasy, like a bad dream that many people are having at the same time. What is the nature of the shared fantasy that is the source of the ideology of war?