"I don’t “support the troops” or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats. Here’s what I do support: I support them coming home. I support them being treated well. I support peace, and I beg any young person reading this who’s thinking of joining the armed forces to please reconsider. Our war department has done little to show you they won’t recklessly put your young life in harm’s way for a cause that has nothing to do with what you signed up for. They will not help you once they’ve used you and spit you back into society. If you’re a woman, they will not protect you from rapists in their ranks. And because you have a conscience and you know right from wrong, you do not want yourself being used to kill civilians in other countries who never did anything to hurt us. We are currently involved in at least a half-dozen military actions around the world. Don’t become the next statistic so that General Electric can post another record profit — while paying no taxes — taxes that otherwise would be paying for the artificial leg that they’ve kept you waiting for months to receive."
— Michael Moore
War is not heroic, and I don’t respect you just because you went off to some distant land to enforce ‘democracy’ and Western ideas.
You kill for greedy capitalists, thats it.
What you say is completely true. HOWEVER, an understanding and kindness should transcend politics. These men (and some women), do you think they just decided one day “I’m going to enforce the capitalist agenda of environmental rape and exploitation?” No. By and large, they wanted to go to college. They come home, addled, with PTSD, unable to function like the rest of us. It takes drugs to make them function right. Poor souls. Whoops! It takes drugs to make me function right, too. And I never been to war! I’m sure it’s just me, all broken and shit. It couldn’t be the society I live in. It just couldn’t.
"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die."
— Herbert Hoover
"So I march with my fellow veterans, and my body hurts with the effort."
— Matthew Mellina (killingcharlemagne), from Cadence. Go read it.