**Disclaimer** The following post expresses some views about the role of the military which may offend patriots and servicemen. It is not my
intention to demean those who fight for us. What I intend to express is that the fight for our interests is sadly not so noble as we might like to
believe. The ultimate end of my explanation here is that the reader should realize the fallacies upon which certain views have been based and realize
that the war in Iraq, discomforting as it may be, is hardly different from most wars.
Originally posted by AlienAntFarm
Instead of saying "God" killed the soldier, why not place blame where it's due, on the head of the neo-cons and other warmongers who are
responsible for the soldier's death.
I can't answer for everyone obviously, but I for one do not place the blame there (at least not all of it) because the people actually planting the
bombs aren't neocons. They're religious fanatics who have been told that God wants them to kill Americans.
That's sorta ironic really. Christian zealots calling the work of Muslim zealots the wrath of God. Sounds like the protestors should have put a
little more thought into the implications of their statements.
You're all so hyped up about supporting soldiers and the war effort.
Yes, hyper as can be. (/sarcasm). Actually only a thin majority of Americans support our troops in any way. If I had only one wish, I'd wish for a
dime for every person who had a militant bumper sticker on their car but hadn't given a single hour or a single dollar of theirs to actually
something in support of our troops. Pay no mind to the hypocrites. In their hearts, although they may not even know it, they have embraced a
set of beliefs founded on what I am about to say.
Here's the deal, it's simple, but I don't expect everyone to get it:
For the most part (but not entirely without exception) war is an ugly and inhumane business with very little nobility in it by any standard. A large
portion of the armed forces always have been and probably always will be comprised of the poor. Before all of the pomp and pretention is thrust upon
them, most of them begin with a very simple decision about their own ambitions in life. The military offers advantages that a poor man might otherwise
never be offered, so they take it. Especially at the beginning of nationalized armies and to a certain extent even still, the military is essentially
a nationalized mercinary force. I joined the USMC and I knew the people there- that's what I saw.
Now why is this important? Because the military never was solely some noble elite of the citizenry fighting to stave off the utter destruction of
their brethren. The military is often used for much more than that. The military is used simply for the advantage of the nation. Do you really think
that first world nations got where they are by being peaceful unless threatened? This is a dog eat dog world. If you're not preying upon others and
growing strong, you're being preyed upon. The war in Iraq, in addition to being a battle against terrorists who seek to harm our country, is also a
war for the strategic and economic advancement of America's interests, not unlike the barbary wars and Mexican-American war which are glorified and
celebrated in the Marine Corps Hymn.
The military has always been "abused" as AlienAntFarm calls it. This is their role, it is what they are paid to do, and it is what they sign up for.
It is what I signed up for when I pledged 4 years to the USMC (which was cut rather short by a back injury which hinders me still and may always).
It's an open secret at best. In boot, Drill Instructors often referred to Iraq as "the edge of the empire". It didn't particularly disturb me
because I have at least a general understanding of the global strategic situation and of history. This is what militaries do. It is far beyond the
WWII image that we all love to hold up and glorify as what war is all about. Successful nations don't wait until the enemy is at the gates. They go
out and they further themselves at the expense of potential enemies and others so that they will not be assailable to anyone in the future.
If you think you are against Bush, or against the war in Iraq, you are mistaken. What you are really against is the lamentable but inescapable reality
of nature: that there are predators, and prey.
These Christians, as goofy as they may be, are trying to tell us that America has no business being in Iraq doing Israel's dirty business for
it. Am I right or am I wrong?
You're wrong. Read the article. They are trying to tell us that God is punishing America because somebody bombed their church in response to their
America should not be in Iraq under any circumstances. Nothing has been gained from this war. Not one thing.
You're right. Our presence in Iraq has given us nothing. At least not as long as you don't count any of the following strategic gains:
1. Access to Iran independent of the Persian Gulf, which Iranian SS-N-22s can make inaccessible in the event of conflict.
2. The death or capture of quite a few terrorists who otherwise might have taken action against friendly governments in the region or against the US
itself. Think about it, every radical Muslim who leaves Saudi Arabia to get killed in Iraq is one less man in the ranks of a potentially destabilizing
force in a nation who's friendship is vitally important to America's quality of life and strength in the world.
3. The public demonstration of the UN's inability to protect nations from America's wrath, possibly deterring others who may have stood against
America in the way that Saddam did. Iran and North Korea come to mind. They have just been put on notice that the United States will come after them
if need be and that France, Germany, Russia, and China will not protect them.
The dead soldiers are blood on the hands of those who commanded them to enter hostile territory. They would be alive and well with their families if
they had remained at home or on a foreign base.
They'd also be alive if that territory had not been housing or entered subsequently by terrorists who are willing to die to kill Americans, and who
probably would have eventually fought us elsewhere had we not presented ourselves on the field to invite this battle, in which we are doing far more
damage to them that they are doing to us, no matter what lies may be spread by people like you for political reasons.
The views expressed above are cynical, unpleasant, and accurate. Try not to be depressed. Just sit back in your air conditioned home, in front of your
top of the line computer, and post whatever you have to post to feel enlightened. As you do, realize that all of these things have been brought to you
as the fruit of many wars just as ugly as this one, often with casualties far beyond the single thousands.
If that doesn't sit well with you, you could always join a humanitarian organization and go to Africa, to see what happens to non-predatory
And if by chance you think your nation is not imperialist like the United States and that you have a leg to stand on in damning us, examine your
nations politics. If you're prospering and not being raped without having to fight, it's because you're riding an ally's coat tails- probably
America's, and you've bloodied your hands by shaking ours.