I don't want to piss on anyone's grave
by jrflorida, Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 06:56:13 PM EDT
Lets assume, and its a big assumption, that every soldier signs on the dotted line to "serve" their fellow Americans and offer their life up on the altar of history. Now you have to be smart enough to see the difference here. Also, no one signs thinking someone is actually going to take their life so willingly, so quickly, and without thought. They do so either not thinking about it or at least believing that their leaders aren't a bunch of pinheads. Suckers! George Bush doesn't care about indiviudal soldiers. To him they are merely numbers to be watched in a political sense. His tears are crocodile tears and if people don't get that I feel sorry for them. So if soldiers do this, sign up with the specific intent to "serve" it is truly noble. Now this is where I am pissing a bit, if they don't sign up with that thought in mind then they are not performing a noble act. They are simply taking a job that happens to involve the obligation to die or put oneself in harms way, but they may do it thinking it will never happen. Every soldier does sign the dotted line to serve their fellow man and offer up their life but not every soldier signs the dotted line for that specific purpose. Those that simply sign so they can make some money are not committing a noble act. They aren't bad people either, they just don't happen to be doing something specifically noble. to the parents of soldiers in harms way that want to think otherwise I say go right ahead. For those that choose with forethought it is a noble individual act but it is not a "cause". Cindy Sheehan wants to know what noble cause todays soldiers are fighting and dieing for. So the guy on NPR giving his pretty speech, clearly with the intent to "move", was someone trying to pull a fast one. A soldier can do a noble act of serving and at the same time not serve in a noble cause. A solider can die for oil, he or she can die for Bush's family honor or his ego. A soldier can die in some perverted religious war. None of it transfer his individual noble act into a death for a noble cause and the death can occur without the individual having specifically signed up for the cause. Now I have no doubt that all of the soldiers there today would have signed up had they been told this was about protecting this nation and WMD's and the like. Oh yeah, they were told that. But from the get go thats not what this was about. Bush knew going in, and certainly his underlings and overlings knew, that Saddam was not a threat to us or even his neighbors and he was barely a threat to his own people. If he was a threat to his own people then its their problem to deal with. With our help sure but you take liberty it isn't given to you. It is simply a waste, a war based purely and absolutely on lies. This is not a case of our leaders being wrong, oops. They knew it going in and they lied to us. The only thing they were wrong about was the glorious victory to be had.
Now, maybe I'm too blunt here. I'm sure everyone will gaffaw at my willingness to call todays soldiers death an absolute waste. Its sick to think there are people that would twist those words into saying todays soldier is a waste. I cannot fathom the mind that believes in such twisted logic but I don't deny there are wingnuts that relish in it. These soldiers are dieing for Bush's ego in a war intended to gather control of a large portion of the worlds oil interest and to strike a blow for the Christian faith against Islam. They fight in a war thats purpose was to rally Americans around the flag in an attempt to win more Republican seats in the first midterm election and then because Bush felt he should follow through on all the election rhetoric...because clearly the results of that first midterm showed people bought it hook line and sinker. These soldiers fight in a cause that is not noble or just. They do so without losing their personal honor however and those that did choose to "serve" purely out of a willingsess to sacrifice still retain their honor and the noble act of singing on the dotted line to die for their fellow man. But their death and their sacrifice is wasted.
If George Bush wants to see how willing all these guys are to die for his cause I dare him to ask each one, without them giving up who they are, if they want to be there for the true reasons that they are there. Many may reup to help their friends get through the nightmare, that is not to say they do so to justify the war...though many soldiers may be misguided enough to believe in this administration. Even those men and women still have their honor...just a few marbles missing. Those men and women are truly noble. If given the opportunity, how many of the volunteer soldiers would volunteer for this specific war?
The NPR caller commentator on Cindy Sheehan on 8/18/05 was trying to pull a fast one and I hope everyone out there is ready for this argument. The comment with its music and dramatic reading was clearly partisan in nature. I have no doubt it was orchestrated and not simply some individual comment. It was simply too obvious. Which worries me for the fate of NPR. Be prepared to answer the spin. Is a soldier's noble act of signing up to serve his fellow man the noble cause they fight for? My answer to that NPR commentator is NO you twisted little screwball.
Sometimes I wonder if it would be better to drink the cool-aid and not be able to see the things I see.
Here's the link to the comment called An Open Letter to Cindy Sheehan on Talk of the Nation (<-sorry actually it was All Things Considered). You can listen to what I heard this afternoon from a link of f this page.
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