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By EJH, April 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment
Robert Austin - Very well said. Thank you.
I am sick and tired of the way people expect everyone
to agree, regardless of how one feels about a
specific war, that the soldiers are heroes. They are
not heroes. There is no draft, so every American
soldier has voluntarily signed up to be trained to
murder and they all have the same opportunities as
the rest of us to get educated about the immoralities
of America’s wars and of American behavior in
The soldiers are not protecting “our way of life” or
fighting for “freedom” or any of the rest of the
nonsense the government and the media spews. The are
simply paid mercenaries committing atrocities in the
name of American imperialism. They should not be
honored. They should be shamed, shunned, and
By doublestandards/glasshouses, April 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment
Parents - this is what they turn your children into:
This link was found at counterpunch.org along with their lead story on the massacre.
By doublestandards/glasshouses, April 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
It’s about parents - what shames them and what makes them proud. Let’s not blame the military.
By Robert Austin, April 9, 2010 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
This illustration, better than words can do, captures this nation’s confusion over values. I served in the NAVY and I know there are many good people who are soldiers, but that is not to say they are good soldiers. Among everyone’s favorite bogeymen, the Nazis, there were many individuals that led exemplary private lives; they were good fathers and good husbands. However, no one would suggest that we honor them as heroes, because the evil they perpetrated negates all that was good about them. We should keep that in mind when considering our own soldiers. We are taking young men and training them to be killers and are setting them loose in foreign lands to murder an maim and to enjoy their grim task as if it were a video game, as anyone who witnessed the recently leaked video of helicopter pilots in Iraq killing journalists would know. Our nation’s citizens celebrate these murderers as heroes. We have to call a spade a spade and learn not to “hail the conquering murderer.” We have to come to understand that being gay is not shameful and being a murderer is.
By hark, April 9, 2010 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
I agree with Dave24 on this one. I’m reminded of The Irish Ballad by Tom Lehrer, with that wonderful refrain, “And lying, she knew, was a sin, a sin.”
By glider, April 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment
Exactly, the entirely reasonable proposition of treating homosexuals equally, has been perverted into having the right to join the unholy killing machine of the imperialistic US Military and is being promoted by Progressives such as Rachael Maddow. And the greater question you point out is ignored.
By Dave24, April 8, 2010 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
It isn’t about “equal rights to be killers.” It’s about the indifference many
Americans have toward violent death as a result of war.
In other words, one would think that people would be more concerned over the
Administration’s policies and actions of war *instead of* the sexual orientation of
soldiers; and yet this is the strange, inverted reality in which we find ourselves.
It isn’t a knock against our troops: Just a general argument against the lack of a
public outcry over bloodshed while we simultaneously concern ourselves with
ignorant positions, such as inhibiting some of our brave soldiers from being
themselves openly (in this case, gay).
That’s my interpretation, anyway.
By glider, April 8, 2010 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
This is very good. Be careful what you wish for! Equal rights to be killers.
By NYCartist, April 8, 2010 at 6:04 am Link to this comment
By Aaron Ortiz, April 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment
I like this one
By Russian Paul, April 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment
I love it. This is what equal rights battles have been reduced to in the 21st
century. Making sure everyone has an equal opportunity to slaughter and terrorize
an occupied peoples. We are entering a new age of multi-cultural politically
correct terrorism. Let them drop this backwards rule of “don’t ask don’t tell” but
let’s not pretend that this is some sort of progressive struggle.
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