reply to post by network dude
Well spoken. I am not even going to bother reading all of the replies. I am simply going to say what I think, and leave it at that.
To those that have served, thank you. As a (peacetime) veteran, and the wife of a career soldier, I know what it takes. Know that most people
appreciate what you do. The ones that don't are the minority. Seen many come up to my soldier man, when he returned from deployment, and thank him.
Not one single person made a negative comment (and probably a good thing, as I would not have reacted nicely).
To those that assume volunteering for the military means a person wants to kill, get a CLUE. I don't know ANYONE that wants to go out and shoot
people. I have known many that were willing to do so, if required. Yes, to defend freedom. For MANY people, not just this country. Plus, people
join for many reasons. Education, as you can get much of that paid for while in. Training in various occupations. Experience. Discipline. Even
simply a JOB. Yeah, some join to be able to afford to support their families. If you can't get that, you have issues.
As for the military defending the government, or attacking the people, NOT freaking likely! The oath is to protect and defend the Constitution. Not
the elected officials, but the basis for our freedoms. Soldiers don't simply blindly follow orders, either, and they are allowed, and in fact
expected, to question something that looks illegal.
No, they don't all go around attacking civilians for no reason, either. There will ALWAYS bee casualties in a war, that were innocent. Doesn't
mean anyone wanted it that way. Plus, in many cases, especially when fighting terrorists, the enemy isn't in uniform, and isn't always an adult, or
a man. If some kid is aiming a gun, of setting up an ambush of a convoy, that kid is a viable target. I have pictures of vehicles hit. I know
people that have had injuries, and of people that have died, from such attacks. No, the troops aren't perfect, any more than ANYONE, but they
aren't monsters, or programmed robots, either.
As a final note, I would MUCH rather stand beside a trained, volunteer soldier (or airman, marine, seaman) than someone forced to serve, in a
dangerous situation. One is willing to stand and fight, while the other might not be.
Great post, OP. Far better than I expected from the title.