This is my first blog on this site. I'm still not sure how this crap works. Did someone decide to put their Op/Ed column of their local newpaper online? And it became popular to voice your opinion! Too bad no one wants to hear it. Everyone wants to talk, but no one wants to listen. Except t.v. news (CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc). They read a blog and thousands of people call in to tell them what their opinion is.
So what is so important that everyone has to talk at the same time? President Bush and his judicial nominees, fantasy football, Hurricane Katrina and the after-effects, the conflicts in the Middle-East. Considering 99% of the people really don't have a clue, they shouldn't be talking. But they are. And 99% of the people responding to the comments don't have a clue, but they're talking. And it becomes a cluster-fuck of monkeys trying to hump footballs. How can a pacifist possibly have one clue about war? The only individual that is allowed to have an opinion about the war in the Mid-East are the people living in the Mid-East. Including the US men & women serving in the military. They're involved in the war as well as the indegenous civilians who are grossly displaced by the waves of terror thrown at freedom's feet.
I understand what the pacifist is saying, "If we kill a terrorist, we're just as bad as they are. Killing is killing!" Yes. In plain black and white, killing is bad. But what are you going to do when you have a choice to let a religeous extremist kill a child, or you kill the religeous extremist. Are you going to stop the innocent murder of a child by getting blood on your hands? What if the religeous extremist IS a child? What then? A 12 year-old kid has a Kalashnikov rifle pointed at the head of his 11 year-old sister. She plays with the "Infidels," and Jihad calls for her brother to take her life. Are you going to kill that 12 year old boy before he takes her life?
That what Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are facing everyday over there. We're saving the life of that 11 year old. Sjhe now has a chance to play in the streets without fear of starvation or dehydration. She can play with her friends, boys or girls. She can dress comfortably in the hot desert heat. Her parents don't have to fear being killed because they hold a seat with the city or region or national government or they are teachers who educate girls about math and history and science.
The best way I have heard this explained was in a fiction movie. As fake as the plot is in the movie, the monologues are accurate and precise:
"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You?
I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for the dead, and you curse the military. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to people who rise and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to." - Colonel Nathan Jessup, USMC, A Few Good Men.
If you don't agree with the President, fine, but he gets the reports from the field. When the military tells him they are done, he brings them home. The process in the Vietnam War was the opposite. The polititions made the decisions the military should have been making, and now Vietnam is a nation filled with fear and corruption. Same in WWII. Russia was bad and we should have fought them along with the Germans, Japanese, and Italians, but the politians believed they should not be attacked because they helped us stop the Nazis on the Eastern Front. And the Cold-War started as a result.
So the next time you want to protest against anything our servicemembers are doing, remember that they are professionals and they know what they are doing. Also realize that you have trust issues and unresolved angst with your parents. Fix your problems before you try to fix the anyone else's problems. It's called serving a higher purpose.