posted on Mar, 9 2007 @ 10:58 AM
I'm not sure I want a soldier going on some radical, left-wing website and reading about how their mission is B.S., they are killing innocent
Iraqi's, George Bush is an idiot, the U.S. is losing and has no hopes of winning, yada yada yada, right before he/she goes out on a mission where
their fellow soldiers' lives depend on them and their confidence. Sorry for the huge run-on sentence! But I think we can all agree that we want our
troops to be confident and on top of their game at all times. Now, if it's possible that reading certain things on the internet can undermine that
confidence, shouldn't our military do what it can to prevent that? I mean, we can all agree, I'm sure, that morale is extremely important when
fighting a war.
Now bear in mind that I'm speaking completely hypothetically, because I cannot prove that this is the case. We also need to understand that what's
fair for us and what's fair for a soldier are two different things. They voluntarily gave up control of their lives for a certain length of time
when they enlisted. So while our bosses can't get in our faces, call us "pig vomit" and tell us to "drop and give me 20", their bosses (drill
sgts., etc) can. The fact that our military provides the soldiers with access to the internet is a priviledge. The accomodations and luxuries that
are provided to our soldiers these days would make a WWI or WWII vet roll over in their graves. I'm not saying everything is peaches and cream, but
still... Whether it is right or wrong, our government/military has the right to block certain content on the internet. Surely there must be some
lines drawn. I don't think that the OFFICIAL websites of political parties and their candidates should be blocked. But I have no problem with them
blocking pornography, anti-war sites, sites featuring pictures and videos of dead and dying soldiers, etc, etc.
The bottom line is that our soldiers are there to do a job and to work. They are not there to surf the net. There are plenty of other things to do
with their free time, and I think our military does a fairly good job of keeping the troops occupied and entertained. If there is even a small
possibility that certain websites could undermine the morale and convictions of our soldiers, which could possibly lead to injury, loss of life or
even desertion, then I am all in favor of blocking certain websites. Our men and women in uniform have a job to do over there and I support them
110%. When they accomplish their mission and return home to their families then they can surf all over the net on their personal computers at home.
In the meantime, they are under employment and under command 24/7 overseas. They understood when they enlisted that they were giving up some of the
rights, liberties and priviledges of a private US citizen. And I really doubt that a few blocked websites is really on the top of our soldiers'
minds anyway. Just as we dealt with blocked internet content in school, at the library or at work, they will deal with it just the same in the