posted on Oct, 4 2006 @ 08:14 PM
Let me preface what I'm about to say with this: I'm against the war. I think it's foolish, it's self-destructive, it's wasteful, it's morally
repugnant, and it's going to tear this country down to the foundation.
Now, my opinion on the soldier...
Soldiering is not an easy life. It's one of the toughest gigs around. You sign up to serve, and if you don't, it's your butt in the breeze.
An army functions thanks to a chain of command. When that breaks down, nothing works. The whole concept of war-fighting is predicated on the
assumption that soldiers must obey orders. Soldiers who don't obey orders are of no use - they're a liability in fact.
Now, refusing an illegal order is one thing. Commander says shoot a defenseless civilian, you can refuse with no hesitation. Refusing deployment is
a whole different matter. It's not a soldier's call to make.
If you want to debate the reasons for war, be a politician. If you want to debate the morality of war, be a philosopher. If you want to fight, kill,
maim, die, and so on, be a soldier. A soldier can debate the reasons, he can philosophize, but those things ought not to affect the soldier side of
the man, especially not when the soldier has a job to do.
In reality, you have only a few seconds, or fractions of a second, to pull the trigger or duck, as the case may be. Philosophizing will get you
killed, it will get your comrades killed, it will forfeit battles and lose wars. So the part of the man that wants to debate the issues, and drink
tea, and write essays, and feel things, he has to be put down, in the permafrost, while the soldier does his job.
If this was a noble nation, I would fight and die for it. It's not, so I won't, I'll content myself with fighting and dying for my family. We can
debate that, but it's pointless, because it's a judgement call. I made my decision, and this soldier we're talking about made his decision.
We're both subject to the consequences of our respective decisions - that's not up for debate, that's fact.
If you sign up to serve, for whatever reason, you had damn well better serve. Failure to do so has serious consequences.
Imagine you were a commander, trying to fight a war with a bunch of philosophers under your command. I'd sooner bail out the Atlantic basin with a
teaspoon than put myself through that...
[edit on 4-10-2006 by WyrdeOne]