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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 07:30 PM
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16. Soldiers are cannon fodder.
They are neither glorious or villains for the most part. They are the tools of politicians and the powerful, used as enforcers of policies they have nothing to do with.

Having been one (actually a marine), I have no particular sympathy for them, certainly no admiration for what they do, (they aren't carrying guns as fashion statements), but, neither do I hold any particular contempt for them.

Most of the ones that I knew in my 4 years of "service" were just ordinary guys trained to kill, bullied, brainwashed, fearful, trying to get by and get out.

The average GI is just folks, folks. No better or worse than the average citizen. Something that can't be said of their bosses who send them to kill for flimsy and, usually, dishonest reasons.
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  -Do you keep our nation's soldiers at arms length as you advocate peace? bigtree  Feb-23-05 04:57 PM   #0 
  - i don't think anyone doing peace work would "cast aside" vets  nashville_brook   Feb-23-05 05:03 PM   #1 
  - I am a peace-loving soldier.  tabasco   Feb-23-05 05:04 PM   #2 
  - *  bigtree   Feb-23-05 05:31 PM   #3 
  - The soldiers take the brunt of the inhumanity  Tactical Progressive   Feb-23-05 05:36 PM   #4 
  - Nope.  porphyrian   Feb-23-05 05:36 PM   #5 
  - This happened today  ayeshahaqqiqa   Feb-23-05 05:36 PM   #6 
  - you seem to imply  G_j   Feb-23-05 05:42 PM   #7 
  - good point  bigtree   Feb-23-05 05:56 PM   #9 
     - I am part of a peace coalition  G_j   Feb-23-05 06:01 PM   #10 
        - thank you for your service and advocacy  bigtree   Feb-23-05 06:03 PM   #12 
  - ''chose to serve and defend our country''?????  Gabi Hayes   Feb-23-05 05:54 PM   #8 
  - Support Our Troops! Bring Them Home!  AndyTiedye   Feb-23-05 06:02 PM   #11 
  - The US troops are part of such a horrible and disgusting action  manic expression   Feb-23-05 06:23 PM   #13 
  - I don't know any soldiers to cast aside  Mizmoon   Feb-23-05 06:26 PM   #14 
  - *  bigtree   Feb-23-05 07:16 PM   #15 
  - Soldiers are cannon fodder.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Feb-23-05 07:30 PM   #16 
  - *  bigtree   Feb-23-05 11:16 PM   #17 
  - some of us don't believe in righteousness and hell.  jdj   Feb-23-05 11:23 PM   #18 
  - The fish rots from the head.  Coventina   Feb-23-05 11:53 PM   #19 

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