We are taught from day one that countries we have been in conflicts with in the past are ‘bad’ and 'oppressive’. But we forget about the little Arabian boy laughing with his friends, the Russian girl celebrating her sweet 16, or an Iranian couple holding their newborn for the first time, an Iraqi boy getting butterflies on the way to see his girlfriend, the North Korean child smiling from a good dream, or the little Saudi girl jamming to music as she does her homework- we get so caught up in history that we forget to look at the country as a whole, rather than one spoiled part. We have allowed ourselves to be trained to see them as the enemy, rather than human beings. We forget that that soldier we just killed is a husband, a father, or son. Everyone who fights has a reason, something they think is worth dying for. How can we damn them when we are no better in their eyes. This whole world is perspective- and the way we chose to look at it can be the difference between a widow and a joyful reunion. As cliche as it sounds, we can be the change. It’s not just our country, it’s every country, this is the reason why we are stuck in this violent rut. We are conditioned to view an enemy as a target, not a human being with a family, a story, a life.