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Thursday, September 17, 2009

long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror

We are constantly told that the soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are the greatest, bravest, most honorable, competent and professional humans the western world has ever produced. No dares to say a word against them for fear of sounding like they are not supporting the troops, which is, as we all know, worse than eating babies.
Such notions are, of course, bullshit. Pulling on a uniform does not make anyone a saint. It doesn't mark them as smarter or braver or more honorable than anyone else. Soldiers are people, just like anyone else. Most of the people in uniform "over there" are young and I suspect alternately scared to death or bored out of their minds and definitely desensitized to violence. Which is how you get incidents like these:

The U.S. Marines Corp: The few, the proud, the unspeakably stupid.

The Canadian Armed Forces: There's no life like it.


Anonymous said...

FOAD you pussy

Anonymous said...

I agree completely with the statement about military people being just humans when they put on their uniforms. It is on[y in very recent times that this "everyone that serves in the military is a hero" thing has come up and seems to be so popular. It serves to deny the true heroes that do the extreme acts of courage or more than might be reasonably expected by one who serves. I guess the real hero needs a new name, even something even more than super hero because the term hero has so down graded by this misnomer.
one who served