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I Don't Support the Troops

How the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are undermining our freedoms.
Ok, I said it. I await the bombardment of rebuttals. I know, they're young, they're brainwashed. Many of them are dead or seriously wounded. Don't they deserve our support? Yes, only however if they wake up and realize they are contributing to the demise of our freedoms, not the protection of them, as has been claimed in many newspaper editiorials and letters to the editor. The longer the troops stay in Iraq and Afghanistan, occupying these countries with force and in an increasing number of cases, with brutal torture and assassinations, the more likely it is that more "terrorists" will come after us here and everywhere our troops are stationed around the world. Enough of this knee jerk patriotism that has so many of us in a holding pattern, afraid to speak the obvious. The troops are not defending our freedoms. They are destroying them, along with any last vestige of reputation for democracy this country had. Who I do support are the few individuals inside the military who are speaking out, who are refusing to serve in this illegal and immoral war. Brave soldiers like Lt. Ehren Watada and Sgt. Kevin Benderman and US Army Specialist Suzanne Swift who are refusing to deploy to Iraq and are facing years in prison for their courageous stands. They deserve our support.

What the rest of the troops deserve is a wake up call from their conscience. Let's do everything in our power to rouse the troops to take the lead from the thousands of military men and women in the Vietnam war who stood up and said no to an illegal war. Let them learn the lessons illustrated in the film "Sir, No Sir". And let them take inspiration from their peers who are saying no to participating in a war of aggression against two of the poorest, most ravaged countries in the world. Bring them home, but first bring them to their senses.
Get servicemen and families to watch this video 04.Jul.2006 12:58

micromouse

www.911revisited.com/video.html

 http://www.911revisited.com/video.html

This video shows why they should not be there in the first place.

Just watched... 04.Jul.2006 16:46

vote with Yer pocketbook

Thank you for the link to that movie.

Just finished watching it. I found it compelling.

yep 05.Jul.2006 01:24

dont worry

I agree to. I dont support the troops. Each and ever single one of them could say NO to this war. Just like the estimated 5,500 troops have done already. The recruiting rate might be at an all time low... but plenty of people have signed up for the service since the Iraq war has begun and they have had time to figure it out for themselves. For those who signed up to actually protect our country and serve as our military is supposed to serve... they have had plenty of time to drop their guns and stop fighting. I DO NOT support the troops.

hello victims of meme warfare 05.Jul.2006 01:35

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The phrase "support the troops" has no intrinsic meaning. Arguing over phrases will never accomplish anything. Why not simply act in accordance with your beliefs? Why bicker over meaningless phrases on the internet when their is nothing to gain by doing so?

Support Our AWOL Troops 05.Jul.2006 06:44

spider

They should not have to go into hiding or escape to
Canada. They are the courageous ones.

REFUSE to fight. It's your duty!

I certainly empathize with the troops 05.Jul.2006 11:51

Jody Paulson

But you're right, it's the responsibility for them, as well as ALL Americans, to wake up and stop being mercenaries for the devil. We can help each other towards this end. For one thing, everyone should read "War is a Racket" by Gen. Smedley Butler.

BTW, I did a radio commentary on Sgt. Benderman. Here it is:

 http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=11437

There are two kinds of bravery: The bravery of the wise and the bravery of the fool.

The bravery of the fool comes fairly cheap. All you really have to do is be thoughtless -- thoughtless of the risks you are taking, thoughtless of the consequences that might ensue from your action. A high-school game of chicken on a stretch of road does indeed require some form of bravery, but it's nothing that can't be bought with a few sixpacks of beer.

Then there's the bravery of the wise. This kind of bravery requires you to be thoughtful, not thoughtless. You know what the consequences are, you've weighed them, and you've decided to take action anyway. This is the bravery of those willing to fight for what they believe in. Or in the case of Sgt Kevin Benderman, refuse to fight for what they don't believe in. If the rest of America had half this man's integrity, maybe this really would be the "land of the free and home of the brave," instead of what it really is, "land of the wage slave and home of the lemming."

Sgt. Benderman spent 10 years in the Army and recently, 8 months in Iraq. While he was there he witnessed dogs feeding off mass graves. When his convoy passed a girl no older than 10 clutching a burn-blackened arm, her mother pleading for help, their executive officer refused due to limited medical supplies. Benderman sent a letter to his wife referencing many scholars' belief that Iraq was home to the biblical Garden of Eden. He wrote, "Here I am in the Garden of Eden, and what am I doing here with a gun?" Benderman became troubled with the contradictions he saw in his own culture. "Why do we tell our children to not solve their differences with violence, then turn around and commit the ultimate in violence against people in another country who have nothing to do with the political attitudes of their leaders?"

When Benderman's unit returned to the United States, he sought discharge as a conscientious objector. His unit was to redeploy under stop-loss policy a month later, and commanders ordered Benderman to go with them. Here's what was going through his mind: "As I went through the process which led to my decision to refuse deployment to Iraq for the second time, I was torn between thoughts of abandoning the soldiers that I serve with, or following my conscience, which tells me: war is the ultimate in destruction and waste of humanity."

Of course, Benderman did not show up for his flight to Baghdad, knowing full well what the consequences might be. Last Friday it was announced that Benderman will be tried by a general court-martial, the most serious form of court-martial, on charges of desertion and missing movement. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison, reduction in rank to private and a dishonorable discharge. An officer called him a coward. His battalion chaplain shamed him in an e-mail from Kuwait. But I think it's a very brave, rare man who can stand by his convictions, as evidenced by these words from Sgt. Benderman: "I cannot tell anyone else how to live his or her life, but I have determined how I want to live mine -- by not participating in war any longer, as I feel that it is stupid and against everything that is good about our world."