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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-06-10 12:55 AM
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We all have blood in our hands
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Edited on Tue Apr-06-10 12:59 AM by nadinbrzezinski
you see folks, it is time to realize that those soldiers who we want to fight them wars, well it is CIVILIANS who give those orders. And it is CIVILIANS that you and I elect... yes I know Bush started the war, but many DEMS that WE elected voted for it.

I know all the reasons

but in the final analysis, we are also responsible. I know it is comfy here at home, with a roof, watching a strange program on PBS... it is comfortable, even attractive, to try to make a difference between me and that roughneck shipping out soon, or shipped out, or will ship out someday.

I pay taxes. Those taxes pay for this soldier's kit, and for his or her training.

I elect the political leaders that decide for me to go to war.

So you see, I may not directly pull the trigger, but I am responsible.

This is the burden of citizenship. And it don't matter if the war is right or wrong, in the final analysis, I am paying for it. Oh in ways that I am also aware. But that is another matter.

We as a society like to play this stupid game of blaming the troops when they do something horrific. Well war is horrific, and some soldiers do commit war crimes, that is a reality. But I enable that. So what are we going to do about this? I expect the usual, I have gotten used to it. Blame the troops, it is the safe thing to do. Maybe take the next step and blame politicians, especially if they are from the other party, but will we collectively ever blame ourselves? No.

This is why things like the Hurt Locker don't do well. Those movies try to show you the horror of war, and we'd rather see the myth of war. Where it is black and white and easy.

Now perhaps I am getting way too philosophical tonight, but I've known for a long time that I have blood in my hands, and truth be told, so do you. And tonight when a US soldier pulls that trigger in a firefight, symbolically, though my taxes and the actions of my leaders, I am pulling that trigger as well.

That is a reality that the poets of WW I understood.... but then again, for them every able bodied man went to war... and in the Summer 1914 they all believed they'd be home by Christmas and they believed in honor and glory... by 1916 they knew better, unlike us, who go on life buying, griping and really blaming the soldiers when sometihng comes and shatters our reality.

Well... Dulce et Decorum Est, the sweet lie... and I'd expand on it, to the charge of the Light Brigade... inside a hologram.

Oh and to the peace nicks that believe there is no good war... well guess what, you are as much as a trigger puller as I am. Welcome to the club.

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