a reply to: TDawgRex
Dude. Everyone who pays tax in the US and for that matter in Britain, ought to feel negative about the wars for oil.
But unlike a significant majority of the population of those countries, you, and homer there, you guys went and acted in what you thought was defence
of your nation. You were lied to. You did not go and do what you did for the hell of it! You went and did what you did because you were told to,
because you were under the impression that you knew exactly where the real danger was, and had been told what you had to do about it.
Millions of people a year do things for NO reason, that are wrong, that they KNOW are wrong, that cannot be justified in even the smallest way. You
should have been able to trust your government not to utilise your abilities in any theatre, or for any reason, not specifically devoted to defending
your nation, and it is not your fault that they turned out being a bunch of goat molesting bastards. You did what you did for the best reasons a
person can do anything. You were prepared to give your life in service to your nation, to the people of your nation.
There is no higher calling, than to offer up your life in defence of your fellow human beings. You should be recognised for that willingness.
It has to be said, when I was a kid, I learned a lot from my grandfathers. Both of them were WW2 veterans. One in the navy, the other was a D-Day
lander. They were very different fellows, one brash and loud, the other retiring and introverted. But the one thing they agreed on, was that it is
important to know more about a situation than you have been told, before you decide on anything. This is something that they drilled into me, until it
became clear that I had no intention of joining a military force.
The reason? They knew that unlike them, I really had a choice in the matter. Both of them told me, that if they had seen any other way to prevent the
very immediate and total destruction of the lives and culture of our country, other than strapping up, shipping out, and putting large amounts of lead
in anything wearing a swastika, then they would have done it had they been given the choice. But there was no other option. The enemy were literally
dropping bombs on us already by the time they had anything to say about it. Regularly. Not just blowing up some buildings with planes, or bombing some
buses and so on, but actually crushing cities under bombardments, with appalling amounts of damage being dealt.
No trust between them and their government was required in order for them to see the writing on the wall in that scenario. That is why I never
thought "hey, might be about time to get on the old camo and gunmetal wagon" myself.
What I am trying to say is, that I learned that lesson from someone ELSES experience, which is great for me, because I did not have to experience
something awful for myself, to see the wisdom in postponing such a thing until it's necessity was in no doubt what so ever. But not everyone gets to
learn from two such men as my grandfathers. Not everyone gets to learn from their ancestors, and not everyone gets the same information if they do!
Again, you are not to blame for what you ended up in the middle of, any more than someone should feel guilty when they get raped, or abused in any
other way. You had to learn by your own personal experience, what some people learned from their grandads. But you should be proud that you stepped up
when you thought it necessary, and here is why.
Me personally, I oppose war for any other reason, than to literally prevent an unfolding genocide, or the destruction of my own homeland by military
means. But some people who oppose war, would rather die than fight to save themselves, their families, their friends, or the neighbour four doors down
that they speak to once a month.
You would fight for the neighbour nine doors down, that you only met yesterday, and that much is proven by your actions. You may feel used Dawg, but
you have a better soul than anyone who would leave his friends and neighbours to a fate they did not choose, merely by choosing not to act for ill
thought out, absolutist reasons. You and homer might feel somewhat dejected by what you have been through, and I cannot imagine how that feels for
you. But I think the pair of you are stone cold badasses, just for being prepared to stand up for something, even if you got duped along the way. That
was not your bad, and you need to appreciate that.
Hand the responsibility for what you felt was wrong with what happened during your time at war, to those upon whose shoulders it truly rests, and
never...NEVER allow those bastards to steal megadeth from you! Megadave probably thinks you are awesome, and I definitely do!