HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » At what point does milita...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:43 PM

 

At what point does military worship become dangerous? [View all]

There are varying degrees of military worship - the Third Reich practically turned the SS into gods among men in propaganda.

Then you can go to countries like Costa Rica that do not even have an army.

We are somewhere in between the two, but at times I fear the constant military tie ins on the news is taking us in this direction.

I don't think military worship is a safe road for us to travel. To be completely honest, it is relatively new to Americans - it wasn't always so.

IT seemed like it started during WWII but never ended when the war did.

"Support the Troops" has become a litmus test for many, and any time an atrocity caused by them happens, many are stumbling over each other to point out this was "one bad apple" and certainly "there is no problem with the rest of the barrel so please stop looking over there."

And it is a form of blind faith.

I realize not every person in the military commits atrocities.

But you take men and women, at their prime physical peak years, train them to kill in the most efficient way possible - what would you expect? That they wouldn't climb over that metaphorical bridge from "killing under orders and "killing?"

Sadly, it seems every decade we become more militarized, more of a threat to the world and ourselves. Let's not kid ourselves - this is what killed the USSR. It wasn't Reagan, and it wasn't Nixon, but they killed themselves by over-militarizing and overreaching.

To the military worshippers out there, let me suggest a reading. It was written by a veteran of several wars who rose to the rank of Major General. His name was Smedly Butler, and the book he wrote was "War is a Racket."


I suggest you take a look....


http://lmgtfy.com/?q=war+is+a+racket+by+smedly+butler

162 replies, 14550 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 162 replies Author Time Post
Reply At what point does military worship become dangerous? [View all]
Taverner Dec 2012 OP
Coyotl Dec 2012 #1
CrispyQ Dec 2012 #37
Arctic Dave Dec 2012 #41
snot Dec 2012 #63
ProfessorGAC Dec 2012 #106
panzerfaust Dec 2012 #112
LWolf Dec 2012 #131
former9thward Dec 2012 #2
truebluegreen Dec 2012 #62
libinnyandia Dec 2012 #3
Taverner Dec 2012 #45
panzerfaust Dec 2012 #116
cliffordu Dec 2012 #160
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #157
Bigmack Dec 2012 #4
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #46
Confusious Dec 2012 #5
Taverner Dec 2012 #6
Confusious Dec 2012 #9
Taverner Dec 2012 #10
Confusious Dec 2012 #11
white_wolf Dec 2012 #17
Confusious Dec 2012 #19
Taverner Dec 2012 #22
Confusious Dec 2012 #27
DisgustipatedinCA Dec 2012 #132
white_wolf Dec 2012 #12
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #48
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #77
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #83
blueamy66 Dec 2012 #123
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #156
Confusious Dec 2012 #84
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #86
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #103
blueamy66 Dec 2012 #124
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #129
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #139
blueamy66 Dec 2012 #142
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #143
blueamy66 Dec 2012 #145
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #148
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #159
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #87
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #88
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #89
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #90
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #93
diphthong Dec 2012 #97
Democracyinkind Dec 2012 #104
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #105
panzerfaust Dec 2012 #119
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #122
Democracyinkind Dec 2012 #130
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #136
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #135
Taverner Dec 2012 #141
11 Bravo Dec 2012 #146
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #147
11 Bravo Dec 2012 #153
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #154
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #162
panzerfaust Dec 2012 #117
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #128
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #137
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #7
Taverner Dec 2012 #8
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #14
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #49
Confusious Dec 2012 #15
Taverner Dec 2012 #20
Confusious Dec 2012 #23
Taverner Dec 2012 #26
cliffordu Dec 2012 #30
Taverner Dec 2012 #36
cliffordu Dec 2012 #57
Taverner Dec 2012 #59
Taverner Dec 2012 #60
cliffordu Dec 2012 #64
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #158
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #67
Taverner Dec 2012 #79
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #80
malz Dec 2012 #120
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #78
lumberjack_jeff Dec 2012 #133
datasuspect Dec 2012 #29
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #38
datasuspect Dec 2012 #40
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #72
bowens43 Dec 2012 #69
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #73
99Forever Dec 2012 #111
blueamy66 Dec 2012 #126
lumberjack_jeff Dec 2012 #134
Buzz Clik Dec 2012 #115
reteachinwi Dec 2012 #13
datasuspect Dec 2012 #16
Taverner Dec 2012 #18
arely staircase Dec 2012 #21
Taverner Dec 2012 #25
white_wolf Dec 2012 #35
arely staircase Dec 2012 #61
white_wolf Dec 2012 #82
arely staircase Dec 2012 #107
Taverner Dec 2012 #140
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #66
arely staircase Dec 2012 #108
arely staircase Dec 2012 #109
datasuspect Dec 2012 #24
white_wolf Dec 2012 #28
datasuspect Dec 2012 #31
Taverner Dec 2012 #44
catnhatnh Dec 2012 #32
datasuspect Dec 2012 #33
catnhatnh Dec 2012 #34
dflprincess Dec 2012 #58
Recursion Dec 2012 #99
libodem Dec 2012 #39
MADem Dec 2012 #42
Taverner Dec 2012 #43
MADem Dec 2012 #51
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #50
MADem Dec 2012 #52
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #53
MADem Dec 2012 #76
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #55
MADem Dec 2012 #75
bahrbearian Dec 2012 #85
MADem Dec 2012 #101
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #47
patrice Dec 2012 #54
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #56
bowens43 Dec 2012 #65
TheKentuckian Dec 2012 #68
WooWooWoo Dec 2012 #70
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2012 #71
Zax2me Dec 2012 #74
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #81
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #91
DustyJoe Dec 2012 #118
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #125
DissidentVoice Dec 2012 #155
Rex Dec 2012 #92
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #94
Rex Dec 2012 #95
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #96
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2012 #98
Recursion Dec 2012 #100
Democracyinkind Dec 2012 #102
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #110
lunatica Dec 2012 #113
L0oniX Dec 2012 #149
Taverner Dec 2012 #152
Buzz Clik Dec 2012 #114
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #121
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #127
Taverner Dec 2012 #151
rrneck Dec 2012 #138
Tierra_y_Libertad Dec 2012 #144
Taverner Dec 2012 #150
Lydia Leftcoast Dec 2012 #161