Originally posted by nyk537
It's somewhat disturbing to me to see this being tied back into the "evil Bush administration" and the usual people the blame for everything is
placed on. Sure this is a sad story to hear, but this isn't new.
Sure the situation of soldiers suffering greatly isn't new but neither is evil regimes who send their citizens to die for corporate profit. Anyone
who attempts to pretend that Bush is all that different from Clinton/Bush Snr/Reagan/Carter/etc just have not looked at what they got away with. The
biggest difference of all seems to be that Bush LOOKS stupid while doing the same old criminal things and the fact that he can barely speak English
above junior high level doesn't help when he attempts to lie his way trough the crimes.
Unfortunately things like this are a result of the horror that is war. Men like this know of the risks and dangers,
Most men who join the military don't in fact know anything about the 'horrors' of war and while they may be prepared to risk their lives ( in the
theoretical /hypothetical sense any ways) there is little evidence in my reading that suggest that many know what they are getting into before it
happens. If you look at the disorders and mental illness American servicemen are suffering from fighting a badly equipped insurgency you can only
wonder what the result of a high intensity modern war against a similarly armored and armed enemy might be. Obviously not only American soldiers(
humans are) are prone to this and the fact that American soldiers suffers like those anywhere else should not be taken as a insult but instead as
evidence of our common humanity.
and make the decision to serve their country anyway.
Which must be why ever higher sign up fees are required to draw men into the service and why they are already relatively well rewarded? If it pays
like most unskilled jobs would and doesn't take half the work if there isn't a war why wouldn't the 10% of America who can't find job join the
army? Isn't the good pay a relatively good indication that Americans don't want to serve themselves or their country by risking their lives? Would
it make sense to serve yourself or anyone else that way if the commonly invaded enemies never ever attacked the US to start with ?
It's decisions like those that make men like him heroes to me.
And Adolf Hitler EARNED( he was a good soldier) a Iron cross second class as well. Lets not confuse willpower, self control/bravery under fire with
the heroism that regular citizens or civil servants ( firemen comes to mind) displays while attempting to save lives without having to kill.
War has it's hero's as well but it's a far more self interested kind than the type we should pay most respect to.
This is not Bush's fault, or Americas fault, or the war's fault.
If Bush didn't allow the invasion American couldn't have started an illegal war and no one can die in a war that doesn't happen. To say that it's
not bushes fault, that 'America' as governmental entity isn't doing the wrong thing or that war isn't a problem just wont bring us any closer to
This is life, granted it's not a pretty side of life, but it is.
Self defense on your own soil in the interest of your state, country or community may be 'life' but invading foreign countries isn't just 'life'
even if that's the illusion some in power are trying to create for us.
Instead of trying to find someone or something to blame for things like this, we should acknowledge what it was this man stood and fought for.
So what did he stand for? Do we know? Was his views accurate and if not why should i feel more sympathy for him than for a ardent Nazi who aided his
government in good but misguided faith?
We should take this for what it is and remember the thousands others who are doing the same thing right now.
Yes, but what is it? Should it give me renewed hope for mankind that good men do heroic things while fighting illegal wars that has been condemned by
western society or should it leave me completely drained and demoralized given the 1 million Iraqi citizens that have so far perished in this war?
What should i feel?
God Bless this man and all our troops.
And i would expect that God may be more concerned with the plight of the 500 000 - 1 000 000 Iraqi Christians of whom 20 odd thousand may have become
casualties in this war. What did they do beside be Iraqi citizens and what is so Christian about being Christian and invading foreign countries?
Who do you think a just god would be more concerned with?