Originally posted by airspoon
I think that our service-men always show humanity and their actions boil down to perspective. Regardless of the motives we believe in, most soldiers
and sailors believe they are doing the right thing and to go even further, most do the right thing anyway.
Remember, our soldiers and sailors are only doing their job and their intent is not to kill innocent people, rather to preserve freedom and our way of
life. So, regardless of how we percieve their mission, they retain their integrity. Of course there are bad apples in any bunch but in no way should
that reflect the attitude of most of in uniform.
It is our government to blame for illegal wars, not the people carrying them out. I don't think there are that many people who join the military
because they want to take part in an illegal war or kill innocent people. All in all, our troops are outstanding people and although we may not agree
with their mission, it isn't them making the decisions.
I understand what you are saying airspoon.
But the time has come for the soldiers and sailors to no longer say "We are only doing our job" or to say "We are keeping the folks at home
The time has come, and came some time ago, for soldiers and sailors to think, and realise they are not being sent to invade and occupy lands to fight
terrorism, or avenge 9/11, to fight for freedom, or to protect their nation and loved ones, but are fighting for geopolitical and geostrategical
reasons as dictated to them by TPTB.
Iraqi Veterans against the Iraq War and Afghan Veterans against the Afghan War is all well and good, but their awakening, their shutting of the barn
door, has come long after the horse has bolted, long after the war began.
I'm sorry, but I can not stand on the side of a street and clap and cheer on soldiers and sailors parading and marching off to wars I disagree with
and which I know are being fought as part of an imperial game, which will lead to the subjugation of the peoples of the lands invaded.
I can not excuse these soldiers and sailors as "only doing their job" as some sort of get-out clause for their actions of participating in these
wars. They have a brain, and they have to think and learn. For me just to say "They are only doing their job" is to say "Well, I know they are
being used as tools by TPTB to dominate the world, but hey, they are only doing what they are told and they believe what they are doing is right when
they are actually being lied to, so we should support them."
Our best means of supporting the soldiers and sailors is hoping they come to realise the purpose of the wars they are sent to and refuse to
I fully well understand that soldiers and sailors sent off to war think they are fighting for noble reasons.
And that's the sad thing. Because right now, there are soldiers and sailors who think the wars are just and who are dying and being maimed.
And it's a waste. It's a result of TPTB lying to them, of the MSM lying to them, and of us, the people, lying to them because we excuse their
actions because we think that they are only "doing their jobs"
We are contributing to their condemnation, either through loss of life, limb or mind.
A great portion of soldiers and sailors are good, decent human beings, who think they are fighting to keep the world safe.
But they are being used. They are being sent to invade and occupy lands not to keep the world safe, but for imperial reasons. Without them, such
actions would be impossible. TPTB would be at a loss. Which is why I hope the soldiers and sailors wake up.
The best way of supporting these soldiers and sailors is to will them to wake up, hoping they find out the truth.
The future depends on it. And we may be running out of time before they are sent to march off to another war.
[edit on 23-8-2010 by Regensturm]