to and would if the troops were actually
defending our freedoms rather than stomping the
freedoms of people across the globe. Us included, I hasten to add.
Because you cant expect the troops who brutalize
people abroad to not come home and abuse the people here.
The mindset and the precedents set cannot be compartmentalized.
Brutality contempt for other human beings cannot be
turned off and on. The transformation of Andy Griffith into Officer
82nd Airborne is no random happenstance.
It has happened
for a reason.
bloodlust of the average American safely cocooned in front
of his TeeVee (probably watching fuuuuuuhhhhhhhtttttball)
also has consequences. Osama was right. You send troops to other
peoples countries, topple their leaders, drop bombs on them
from afar. It tends to annoy those people. Some will try to hit
back. We call it terrorism. Just as the British of King
George IIIs era called the insurrectionist colonists who dared
to fight back terrorists. Just as Reinhard Heydrichs
SD thugs called the partisans in the occupied east a few generations
later. Just as we we being the comfortable couch
potatoes watching the game call anyone who dares
object to the American Imperium and its imperial storm troopers.
No one wants
to hear this, of course.
are fightin fer freedom, god bless em. Just
exactly as the legions of the Wehrmacht had belt buckles stamped
Gott mit uns and fought for freiheit, too. Or so they
As we are told
is one of separating sympathy for the idealistic kid from StumpJump,
West Virginia from revulsion at what the kid from StumpJump, West
Virginia, will do in my name. With my tax dollars.
want the kid to have his legs blown off. But I also do not want
him to blow the legs off people in far-away lands who have done
me no wrong and done the kid no wrong, either. When he does
so anyhow I am complicit. As are we all. Because we cheer
and we pay. We support the troops
by paying the taxes that make it possible for the troops to do their
thing. Such as this
thing, for instance.
At the very
least, we can have the good manners not to cheer. We might even
try objecting. Or perhaps at the very least, questioning.
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