We Change Everyone in the Military?
by Christian Light: A
Collection of Thoughts
About a month
ago I decided to message one of my buddies on Facebook I havenít
talked to in about a year. All I said was "Hey whatís up man?"
This is was his response.
out of the marine corps in 3 months, and guess what? I did 4 years!
And went to Afghanistan! Got my combat action ribbon. You bailed
outta the chair force while being stationed in Germany. Must have
been some rough times over there. Hahah not! Don't ever add me again!
You're worthless! Enjoy working Au chicken express doing nothing
with your life. Tell that fat f**k bill I said what's up. NOT!!"
I was pretty
surprised to receive this message back. He and I had not talked
in almost a year before I sent him a message that day. Itís not
that we hadnít talked that long out of spite, itís just because
he was in the Marines and stationed in California and I was in Germany.
We went our separate ways but we were still friends as far as I
knew. I was also curious how he knew I was out because none of my
buddies had talked to him in a while and none told him I was out.
I think the only way he knew was a post I posted on Facebook saying
I was happy to be out. I was perplexed also because when I went
to message him it said we were no longer friends. Maybe this should
have been foreshadowing to what he was about to send me. When I
talked to him a year ago he seemed cool and said he still wanted
to hang out again when we were both out of the military. Getting
that message really shocked me. Iíd never seen him ever act like
this. We were always so cool with each other. I wouldnít say we
were best friends but we were certainly good friends. We used to
go fishing all the time, hang out, drink, party, and look for trouble
pretty much. We were typical bored teenage guys. We even worked
together at the same job.
Before I graduated
me and two of my friends decided we would all join the military.
One of my buddies joined the Army, I joined the Air Force, and the
one who I messaged joined the Marines. We all had different reasons
for joining the branch we did, but ALL of us wanted combat jobs.
My goal was to get eye surgery and cross train into Air Force Special
Ops, my Marine "friend" is infantry, and my Army friend
is infantry. All of us wanted to go to Afghanistan. Thatís all we
could talk about was joining and getting over there to fight terrorists
and defend our country. Oh, how naïve we were.
me to a point Iíd like to bring up. The hardcore people in the military
like and want the wars. When I say hardcore I mean people that joined
specifically to have combat roles and go deploy. Other people in
the military could usually care less. They see deployments as just
extra money. They just see the military as a job and nothing else.
However, there is a "sect" I guess you could say, that
wants war and combat. They see going into combat and serving next
to your buddy as the bravest and noblest thing a man can do. My
buddies and I all thought like this. We couldnít wait to get over
to Afghanistan and get into "the s**t" as the military
loves killing, war, adrenaline, and (the idea of) combat. They donít
just want the wars. They would love it if the wars never ended.
They like the perpetual drama of war. In fact I was worried that
by the time I was in the military we would be out of Afghanistan.
I was afraid Iíd never get to see combat. Did you happen to catch
how proud my friend was that he was sent to Afghanistan and received
his "combat action ribbon?" They see the fact that America
has been in so many wars in the 20th century as a good
thing. They are the ones who think anyone who advocates peace is
just a stupid hippy and that anti-war people are just ignorant and
oblivious to how the world really is. Surely countries need our
military and troops to make things safe for the world! Imagine
what would happen if the U.S. withdrew from all these foreign countries!
My God! Chaos would ensue! When you bring up the possibility of
peace or that war kills so many innocent civilians they just shrug
it off. The typical response is "well thatís just how things
are in the world. Weíre never going to end war and people are always
gonna die and kill each other." No matter that our drones kill
thousands of innocent men, women, and children. Those who love the
wars donít put themselves in other peopleís shoes. They donít think
from their perspective. If you bring this up and say "Well
Hey! What if it was your family that just got drone bombed and killed?!"
They might respond "Iíd be upset but at least Iíd know that
they were only trying to protect and help us" or they might
say "well thatís just what happens in war. They will probably
dodge the question. They donít want to admit that if that happened
to their family they would be insanely irate and want to kill the
people that killed his family. Surely those whose families get drone
bombed in foreign countries donít get mad and want to kill Americans,
they know that that America was just trying to protect and help
them. Itís just a mistake. This is the thinking of those who like
the wars. How do I know this? Because it is exactly what I thought
and other guys who had similar views to me thought. Anyone who deviated
from this was just a stupid anti-war hippy liberal who didnít understand
how dangerous the world is. We had to be the people to stand up
and protect them. These are the people that will always try to rub
it in anti-war peopleís faces and say "I fought for your right
to say that." Yep, sure you did. Keep telling yourself that
to respond to my friend. I do not want to post my response because
it does contain personal information that I would prefer not everyone
to know. However, I did bring up how we werenít defending the constitution
and that I no longer felt compelled to serve knowing that the government
wasnít upholding their end of the bargain (obeying the constitution).
I will say that I was very respectful, tactful, and polite in my
response. I did not use expletives or curse at him directly. This
was his response
kicked out cause you couldn't hack it man. Yeah I remember that
document you weak b***h. I have had the best friends of my life
get killed protecting that f**kin document. You should have been
thrown into the brig because of the weak s**t you pulled! You're
not fit to be in the military because you're a weak minded f**k!
I wouldn't give you benefits if my f**kin life depended on it! You'll
quit every job that gets thrown your way. Tell your economics students
how you couldn't hack it in the chair force"
It pains me
just to read this and copy and paste into this document. The anger
and spite in this message is overwhelming. Especially since it is
coming from someone who I thought was one of my good friends. Iím
positive he was drunk when he wrote these. It doesnít matter though.
If he really didnít mean what he wrote me when he was drunk then
he would have talked to me the next day and apologized. He did not
apologize. I do feel sorry for him. I know he is going through a
hard time. Some of his friends died in an IED attack while he was
in Afghanistan. He probably doesnít know what to do and just took
it out on me because I was an easy target. It still doesnít make
what he did okay. I would have a hard time accepting his apology
if he ever asked me. Needless to say we are no longer friends. Maybe
we canít change all their minds. What Iíve noticed about military
members is that some are receptive to the idea of peace and contemplate
it, like I did. Others, however, radicalize their pro-military beliefs
and grow even stronger in them. They become even more pro-war and
pro-violence than they were before. I believe this is what happened
to my (former) friend. I didnít respond after this message. I did
not want to argue anymore. It was only upsetting me.
I was particularly
enraged after reading Laurence Vanceís recent article "Do
Soldiers Imitate Christ". What this Michael Milton character
was spouting out of his mouth was absolutely ridiculous. "Veterans
Day is a holy day, at least for me" said Milton. A Holy Day?
Is this man serious? You know, maybe we should have Veterans Day.
I have no problem remembering those who have died, but let us also
reflect on this day how many people died in pointless and needless
wars. How come nobody discusses that on Veterans Day? I purposely
did not attend church on Veterans Day this year. I didnít know what
they had planned but Iím sure whatever it was would have my stomach
churning. I was scared I might stand up and get angry like Jesus
did with the money changers in the market, that I would yell at
them and chastise them for worshipping something so unholy and as
un-Christian as the U.S. military. So I didnít attend. I go to church
to worship God, not to worship the military and the state. If I
wanted to worship the military and the state Iíd pick up a couple
issues of National Review and read my heart out. When I deliver
pizzas I drive by the local Methodist church in my town. The sign
on the outside of the church says "Thank a veteran for your
freedom." I just shake my head every time I see it. Donít try
and thank me "for your freedom" because youíll be sure
to get a lesson in reality!
things have happened lately however. My Dad returned from Afghanistan
yesterday and I, my Mom, and my sister are all extremely happy that
he made it home safe and sound. Some of his buddies werenít so lucky.
The other day a sergeant I used to work with in the military sent
me a message on Facebook. He said he wanted to know how I was separated
from the military because he no longer wanted to be in. I knew he
was a Ron Paul fan before I got out but I guess itís gotten so bad
he canít take it anymore. He is going to try and separate like I
did. I wish him luck. Standing up against your chain of command
is a hard thing to do and very brave. I was extremely scared of
what would happen to me when I eventually started telling my superiors
I no longer wanted to serve in the military. Itís a scary path and
Iím glad to be out.
Maybe we canít
convince everyone in the military that peace and non-violence are
the way to a peaceful society. We are convincing many though. I
knew plenty of Ron Paul supporters when I was in the Air Force.
Even my buddy in the Army is starting to see the military and government
for what it really is. Heís stated to me multiple times that if
the government ever started turning on its own people he wouldnít
participate. He has friends he works with that feel the same way
and Iíve had friends I used to work with in the Air Force espouse
the same thing. Slowly but surely freedom is winning and statism
Light [send him mail]
is a former Air Force Security Forces Airman. After joining the
military he became disillusioned and became a Ron Paul minarchist,
eventually gravitating and becoming a Rothbardian Anarcho-capitalist.
He currently lives in Texas and is aspiring to be an economics professor.
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