reply to post by Ulala
I saw the thread earlier thanking Vets. I was going to write a looooong response to how I disagree with certain tones and appeals. I saw this thread
and I have to say something also:
Today I have seen the massive bombardment of Veteran's Day. I was sitting in a restaurant eating , and all the big screen TVs had coverage of it.
Words like "honor", "Freedom", "Hero", "Guardians", etc., filled the screen every minute. I don't feel it.
My Father was a Veteran of the Korean War. He joined at 17 to get away from his life in his small town, and to get away from my mentally abusive
Grandfather. He wanted a way out and he found it. Was he a hero for that? Would I pretend that he was serving some noble purpose or "answering the
The Veterans of World War 2 answered a call, and that is the last generation I can say fought for anyone's "Freedom". Korea, Vietnam, Panama,
Nicaragua, Iraq 1 & 2, Afghanistan 1 & 2....they all miss the litmus test for "fighting for freedom".
Most or all "wars" after WW2 were political, for profit, for land, for resources, for Empire, etc. Most soldiers, enlisted or drafted, were fighting
for a thing that had NOTHING to do with my freedom or protection. They have, we have, been BS'd into some romantic nostalgic fantasy that we read
about as children in school books.
Now that the advent of the internet has shed light on many thing I hadn't revisted since a child, my eyes have been (over the past 9 years) opened to
the fact it was all BS. It started with the blatant LIES and Coverups of 9/11. It made me ponder in retrospect the lies of Desert Shield, and later
Vietnam. I payed close attention to Desert Storm and the lies of THAT venture. I watched closer and closer through the years.
I watched how the Military Industrial Complex got FAT off of Illegal War and genocide. I've seen the blatant wiping away of Palestinians by our
'allies' with our supplied weaponry. I've seen the carpet bombing of Iraqi children, Pakistani children, Afghans too.
I watched as groups like Blackwater have infiltrated the ranks of our Military, to fight side by side with murderous characters who call themselves
"soldiers", both cheering and hollering for death , in a war full of easily forgotten war crimes.
Most of you are NOT heroes, not protecting my freedom. Don't think for a second I'll be fooled the same way your Sergeant drilled that fantasy into
This day is filled with flag waving and nostalgic references to some ideology that has no place in a civilized world. I don't feel like the
"troops" are my pals. In fact, whenever I see someone in uniform on the street, walking and strutting with that familiar strut only the military can
give, part of me wants to say something just to start some ruckus.
Am I biased? Prejudiced? Yes...I think so. It all happened after I learned the truth of military history. There's no pride, no feelings of being
grateful, no "respect", no special place in my heart, actually mostly the opposite. Words like "Army", "Navy", have become 4 letter words to
Maybe when we have a military which actually DEFENDS our land, I will show more respect. I don't admire "Iraqi Oil Well Guard #376273" or "Opium
Protector First Class". If a real war broke out and we were attacked, you bet I would possibly join the fight, but no such thing has happened in a
I know there will be Vet's and active duty that read this. I have heard possibly all the negative retorts to my sentiments in the last 8 years, you
couldn't possibly shake me or shock me, I have almost literally heard it all. I admittedly have a prejudice toward military folks. That has to change
from within MYSELF, no amount of negative comment or defensive posting will, so please don't waste my/our time.
Now that I have that off my chest, I feel better. Thanks for listening.