posted on Feb, 7 2011 @ 09:52 PM
I have noticed posts here and people in general that seem to no longer respect or appreciate the men and women who serve in our military. While I am
aware that the reasons we went to war may still be debatable, I am also aware that our government uses, abuses, and throws away the very people who
signed up to help people and serve a country they still believed in. I do honestly feel that most signed up to do honorable things and further their
education in the mean time.
I disagree with a lot of our "butting into" other country's business. But I can not find a way to rationalize why some in our society have begun to
disrespect, and blame our soldiers. They get no vote in what war they fight, when they go, or when they return. Most entered at an age where being a
"hero" was a somewhat noble and romantic idea. Only to realize they are doing things they may not agree with later down the road. By then Uncle Sam
owns them and they have no recourse until it is time to reup or retire. I know of two young men who followed this example.
I ran across this story a while ago: www.msnbc.msn.com...
Father and son suffer post-Iraq brain injuries
Both survived an IED blast, three years apart, and struggle with aftermath
The story is beyond tragic, and I wonder why we coninue in this war. There are thousands who have died, leaving orphans and widows behind. And there
are thousands more that have suffered like the father and son in this article. I have a massive amount of empathy and respect for all of them.
I can understand the lack of patriotism given the turmoil our country has been in. I can even understand not supporting the branches of military in
the government sense.
I just can not understand why some people can not seperate these people who had the most honorable intentions from what the government has mandated
they do. They are people as well. Not just nameless soldiers.
Have we as a society seen so much of this that people no longer care? Right after 9/11 there was wide support for our troops, not everyone, and not
even for the war itself. But for the troops that had no choice but to follow orders. What happened? Can we seperate our disrespect for the things our
military is ordered to do from the person who thought they were going to protect us and help others?
I know this is a heated subject. I know I will probably get torn in two. It is not my intention to raise ire, it's merelya question and point of
view. I realize not everyone needs or has to agree with me and I am not asking for such. I was merely curious about what I see is a growing trend.