posted on May, 12 2005 @ 09:47 PM
Just another guy looking for a free ride. He wanted the armed forces to pay his way, then when it came down to fulfilling his obligation, he
If you don't want to go to war, don't join the armed forces. It's real simple. If this putz had been allowed to get away with this, soldiers
might be throwing down their weapons all over, and that would be disastrous. I personally don't agree with this war, but I do understand the
necessity of war, and one can't fight effectively without well trained, obedient soldiers. If we had an actual war following this travesty, how much
harder would it be, to fight effectively, if half the troops saw this knuckleheads example and followed suit?
One necessity in any war is troops who will obey orders, secure in the motivations of their commanding officers. This has never been harder, but
it's no less important. Soldiers are pretty much worthless to the service if they won't fight.
So be smart, don't join up unless you are willing and able to fulfill your duty. Service is just that, service. You are a servant, in servitude.
It couldn't be more clear if it was made of crystal. Just serve. Soldiers have to be reliable to a fault, they have to be that way because being
any other way is a liability, both for their commanders, and their fellow soldiers.
If you'd rather not be a fleshy automaton, don't join up. The benefits and signing bonuses might seem slick when you're unemployed and hungry, but
think of the consequences, and be prepared to fulfill your obligations. A lot of people think they can take what the armed services offer, without
having to pay the price. It just doesn't work that way.
Oh, and one more thing, disobeying immoral orders is much different than refusing to fight in a war. This has been mentioned, but I wanted to
reitterate. Soldiers are well within their rights to disobey orders that could result in war crimes charges. This doesn't include deployment to a
place your politics don't agree with, and this doesn't include actions against people your politics pity. Soldiers fight when they're told to
fight, they don't make up their minds about complicated political situations and decide for themselves. They just follow orders. If you want to be
a juggler, join the circus. If you want to a soldier, join the armed forces.