reply to post by RizeorDie
Hey there, I see where you're coming from, but did you know that not everyone really "chooses" to join the US military? Do you know how many,
especially black men, are given a "choice", by a judge, to either go to prison, or "volunteer" in the Army (usually)? In the US prison system,
they are perhaps even more likely to die than in the military, where often the worst they might do is clean toilets (the lucky ones).
Worldwide, whether it's Afghani kids with AK47's, African "freedom fighters" (12 years old), etc., not everyone really is "choosing", not even
many of those who find themselves in the US Army. The "system" is being fed by "bodies" (formerly known as "cannon fodder"), much like it
always has been.
We've got some really, really bad leaders (always have had them, everywhere!), who don't care who they kill, and have fooled the young men (mainly)
of nation, after nation, for many generations. It could be that many are very "patriotic" too, not necessarily a "bad" thing! But the problem is
that we're killing each other, while the truly "fat-cats" of the world, pulling the strings, riding in limos, etc. These guys are behind the
scenes, while soldiers and innocent noncombatants on all sides, are dying.
A lot of US soldiers are waking up too by the way. Not all of them have to get their legs blown off, to see that someone is getting rich off their
pain (and the pain of the invaded as well, of course). But most are so young when they enlist. We're often talking about 18 year old kids, when
advanced psychology tells us that the part of the brain that allows mature "judgement" isn't fully online until age 25!
A big issue. I don't want to minimize the suffering in any way, on all sides. It's just so much more than a "casual" discussion. I hope some
wise people will weigh in here, and share some of their wisdom with us all. I'm getting a refill on my glass on wine now, sort of depressing!
Thanks for a great thread idea...sure is relevant to the times!