So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Originally posted by phantomjack
Shame on all that speak down on the USA and its leadership, and for all that we have done to keep tyranny around the world stifled.
Why the Rest of the World Should Tell the U.S. to F*** Off
The United States government (largely through the CIA and its predecessors) is directly responsible for the overthrow of at least half a dozen democratically elected governments around the world over the past hundred plus years. Among these are many of our neighbors in Latin America such as Guatemala in 1954, Brazil in 1964, and Chile in 1973. Further afield we have Iran in 1953, which is particularly ironic considering the dire straits of our present day relationship. This list doesn’t include the toppling of non-elected governments (almost all of them replaced by brutal dictators) such as Syria in 1949 and Ghana in 1966. It also doesn’t include direct invasion by U.S. troops such as the Philippines in 1898, Panama (first in 1895 and again at least eight more times since), Grenada in 1983, and most recently, Iraq in 2003. Although many Americans cannot even point these countries out on a world map and remain blissfully ignorant of American interference with their internal affairs, the residents of these countries have certainly not forgotten and in many cases haven’t completely forgiven us either. Can anyone blame them?
The U.S. military is currently deployed in over 150 countries around the world. That’s over three quarters of all the supposedly independent countries on the planet. Of those, at least two of them are active war zones (Iraq and Afghanistan), one of them (Iran, see above) soon will be if the Neocons have their way, and another is seldom considered one simply because most of us happen to live there. Thanks to passage of the NDAA, the U.S. military can now arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens within our own borders – a disturbing development vehemently opposed by the ACLU and one of the central grievances the American colonists had against the British king before declaring independence.
The purpose of stationing all these troops everywhere is presumably to act as a sort of unrequested and often unwelcome global police force, paid for by the generosity of the U.S. taxpayers. After all, the U.S. – accounting for just five percent of the world’s population – is responsible for over forty percent of global military expenditures. Curiously, despite the smug moral high ground we like to believe we inhabit (preferring the term “liberator” to “invader/occupier”), these Team America superheroes generally seem to step in only when there are high-dollar corporate interests at stake such as in Iraq or Libya, preferring to sit idly by as slaughter proceeds unchecked in economic backwaters such as Rwanda or Darfur.
Originally posted by neformore
Honour them yes.
Put them on a pedestal as shining beacons of freedom? No. Unfortunately.
The soldiers are just pawns in proxy ideological wars designed to prop up the Military Industrial Complex.
USA foreign policy has, since WW2, been set up to ensure that there is a perceived enemy. And those enemies have been invented, and the propaganda to prolong that policy has been carefully selected and propagated.
Not the soldiers fault at all.
But they are there by design. Not by necessity.edit on 28/4/12 by neformore because: (no reason given)edit on 28/4/12 by neformore because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Kram09
reply to post by phantomjack
Flame away, American Haters!
Just because people disagree with the policies of the United States does not mean they "hate" Americans.
I for one do not hate Americans.
Originally posted by usmc0311
Thank you for having the intestinal fortitude to post your true feelings on here. I'm sure the haters and bashers will come out in full force. As a Marine and combat vet it's nice to know we are not hated by everyone. It's also sad that we get villified because of the actions of a few bad apples and the politicians who make the decisions. Most join because they want and feel that they are serving their country and their fellow citizens. I know that's why I joined. Turned out things were different but none of us knew it at the time. What will happen one day when people don't want to serve their fellow countrymen? I do all I can for others who have served, especially if they are worse off then myself. So again I thank you for your kind words.
Originally posted by Firefly_
Shame on those who have the audacity to speak out against what is wrong.
Shame on those who actually bother to find out more than one side of the story, and not do what they are told without question.
Shame on those who speak out against those who will either directly or by association, slaughter innocent people so corporations can profit.
Shame on those who speak out against those who do such things knowing full well what they are involved in, but feel free of conscience because its "only a job" and it puts food on their families table back home.
I have spoken to many people in the military and they just dont seem to care if they are doing the right thing or not, to them its just a job and a way to make money. This is why I refuse to support any hostile invasion forces, ie NATO. They are nothing more than hitmen for the corporate giants that run this world. They rape and pillage nations so the elite few can get richer. They have the world on the brink of destruction because they profit from it.
Very little of the conflicts the western forces are involved in are anything to do with liberating people from tyranny. If there are tyrants in control of nations, its because the west put them there so they had an excuse to invade in the future. This world is a screwed up, sick place.
I have nothing but disgust for these soldiers. Every time one comes home in a body bag, its no more than they deserve. I hate it that they are treated as heroes when they are villains.