posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 07:40 PM
Wow. Not many threads on ATS keep me reading until the 12th page anymore, much less taking the time to log in and reply.
First and foremost, to the OP, I disagree, and I think you'll find, in time, that circle gets the square. Now, I will admit, having read through the
entirety and finding your argument to be cogent, but I cannot reward people for being weak-minded. It is not the 'freedom-fighting
masterminds'(read: terrorist leaders) who are blowing themselves up so heroically(in their respective minds), but rather the impressionable,
inexperienced young people that strong charisma attract. I pity these people for not having been awarded the opportunities a long life and broad
education offer. I have pity for those that feel their families are so impoverished that only a singular act of martyrdom can bring honor to their
name and food to their table, as if their family would not rather have them at the table. I hold a special place in my heart and mind for the
cognitively disabled victims, unable to even give consent to being weaponized. Pity them as I may, I can not condone their actions and the actions of
their superiors, and for me giving them a moment of my silence would be me representing as such.
A question the OP: From reading the thread it would appear that you are not a US citizen, but rather Afghan. Is this accurate?
As one who is currently serving, I'd like to give you all some of my impressions of the American Military, or rather the US Army, as it is the only
branch I have served.
Drug use is not tolerated, apart from prescription drug use which is heavily monitored. There is rigorous drug screening, and infractions are dealt
with severely. I mention this because a few pages back someone mentioned something about the US Military being brainwashed or on drugs. Some may be
'brainwashed' to a certain degree, but I think a better term is 'indoctrinated.' There are MANY mandatory inoculations that occur, including
anthrax, and I'm sure there are many here who would say "I'm sure they TOLD you it was anthrax", but the idea of mind control via drugs just
doesn't track with me. Why would you want to dull the senses of your fighting force? Anyway, take that as you will.
While obviously there is bias and prejudice in any random sampling of citizens, soldiers included, I find that US Army Officers are practically
walking on eggshells when it comes to being perfectly politically correct at all times. I hear many more comments that could be interpreted as
offensive coming out of the mouths of enlisted personnel, especially junior enlisted. Once again it seems that characteristics such as class and
distinction are directly proportional to education and experience.
One last note about the service. I am a professional soldier, and as such I am compensated with money from the federal government for my service.
This does not make me a mercenary. I have a chain of command that ends at the President of the United States, and as such any lawful orders I am
given come with the authority of the President. Mercenaries do not report to a government, they report to a company. For me that is a clear
Oh yeah about orders. If I am issued an unlawful order from a superior, that is an order that would cause me to break the law, and I decide to follow
that order I am fully culpable for the crime committed, as well as the issuing superior. Furthermore, it is my duty to report the issuance up the
chain of command, to the President if need be, until formal action is taken or I am guilty by association.
[edit on 6-10-2009 by Zelun]