We should not arbitrarily vilify or praise soldiers for being what they are. A soldier deserves praise or condemnation based on each of his actions.
Judging a person purely based on their occupation is retarded. If you see a soldier without knowing what he has done, you should not treat him any better or worse then another random person on the street.
Last edited by Purlina; 2013-02-07 at 03:16 PM.
Last I checked the military does what the government tells it to, a government which the people voted for. By extension, the military serves in the perceived public's interest, it's not the soldiers fault he was a soldier in a time where they sent him somewhere controversial.
One cannot simply quit wow his way into Mordor.
Last edited by Toccs; 2013-02-07 at 03:16 PM.
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Well while the OP is very expressive about his opinion, I agree. IMO the US and neither any other country has any business to do in places like Afghanistan etc. unless to peacefully help the locals with education, healthcare,... You're not defending your country, you're fighting... for what, anyway? I don't get it.
Not to mention how shaky the official explanations of 9/11 are, for example. I'm not saying "blah blah jews did it" but a lot of the points the "conspiracists" make are actually very valid.
I respect those people doing their military service. Most of them that I've known have been pretty awesome. One of my frequent travel destinations is right next to an army base and it's a pretty common occurrence to run into soldiers in local businesses. Thus far they've all been absolutely polite and respectful, and helpful when I've had an inquiry. That alone is worthy of respect in a day and age when the average person has no manners to speak of. When I was young I chose not to serve, and while I regret that decision now I'm glad that we have that choice, and I'm thankful for those that choose to serve in the military.
The Democratically elected government nationalized their oil resources and prevented foreign interests from continuing to exploit their country, and thus, we overthrew their Democratically elected government and installed one more favorable to our oil interests.Under the leadership of the democratically elected nationalist movement of Dr. Mohammed Mosaddeq, the Iranian parliament unanimously voted to nationalize the oil industry – thus shutting out the immensely profitable Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC), which was a pillar of Britain's economy and provided it political clout in the region.
This is one example. There are a lot more. It was done for oil, for money, for profit - at the expense of the sovereign population. These are not 'conspiracy theories', these are confirmed facts that have come to light many years later. It's NOT a secret that the US government has overthrown foreign governments for private sector profit. If you believe otherwise, it's because you choose to delude yourself.
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Politicians are not at the point yet that they simply 'determine' what will be done with our lives, and if we choose NOT to join the military, they just flip the switch and send us to war unwillingly.
Last edited by Daerio; 2013-02-07 at 03:26 PM.
You don't have to respect the war to respect the soldier who's willing to fight it. Don't be such an ungrateful brat.