posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 12:41 PM
I can understand where the military is coming from. After all, they take their orders from the top brass, no matter who is in charge at the time. If
the soldiers can't respect the top brass, how can they take orders from them? I'm not saying I agree with that point of view, but I say I can
understand where they're coming from, especially if it's thick-necked military hawks that are doing the thinking here.
, being that the ultimate mission of a soldier is to fight, and kill... I personally feel it is incredibly important, even more-so than
in a civilian job, that he is free to express his political views and personal beliefs without being pushed around by his superiors.
Similarly, it's for the same reason incredibly important that he is free to question the politics, policy, decisions and missions of his government,
the military he serves in, and his own orders. If he can't do that, he can't function as a soldier should, because there is a large risk he either
becomes a mindless killer who blindly follows orders, even illegal ones, or he will desert or resign.
It's important for the top brass, and the military, to protect the rights of their soldiers, including the right to express themselves politically.
If they cannot protect that right, they don't deserve the loyalty and service of said soldiers.
[edit on 16-4-2010 by David_Reale]