I think that it is important to understand the key difference between outright pacifism, and the understandable unwillingness to be a part of the
military, or support its aims.
My nations military forces were deployed by Tony Blair, on a false premise years ago, and legions of regular folks came out in protest. They were not
all pacifists, many of them were ex services themselves. They did not protest because they were mewling weaklings with no backbone. They protested
because they believed the choice to make war was a bad one, one that would bring nothing but dishonour and hatred to our shores, and they were right,
every last one of them.
Personally speaking, I am more than happy to take up hammers, axes, knives, staves, and anything else I have to hand, to defend my nation, and to
defend my family and friends. But I am not happy to wear a uniform that marks me as one who has given up responsibility for his actions, handed his
fate to the lesser animals that politicians and military leaders represent. I would bathe in the blood of thousands before allowing an attacker at our
gates to stand un harried, but I will not hand over my right to self determination to some political establishment, the motives of which are not pure,
just, or even lawful in some cases.
It is important to defend ones home and land. However, the security of my nation is not worth sacrificing the ethics by which we ought to live.
There is not, and never will be any possible justification for invading a nation which happens to contain terrorists. There is not and never will be
any justification for causing more civillian non combatant deaths, than genuine military target kills. These things however, are not important enough
to the politicians, and the top military brass, whose honourless behavior and attitude to them are an insult to the people they command and the people
they protect, as well as to those the government deems its enemies.
It is a matter of intent. I refuse point blank, to join an organisation which has impure intent, and is lead by people who are so morally retarded,
as those who currently hold the reigns. That does not mean I have no fire in my belly, or protective instinct toward my fellow countrymen. It merely
means that the way we survive ought to be more important than the fact of our survival.
In a choice between surviving as a horrid, ill mannered, ill spirited bunch of genocidal savages, or dying having never killed an innocent person by
accident, never abused an enemies corpse for ammusement, and having retained dignity and a measure of respect for ones self and his fellow man, I will
take option two any day.
edit on 29-5-2012 by TrueBrit because: Grammar error.