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Tom Bombadil Donating Member (175 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 04:00 AM
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68. I take your points
Edited on Fri May-26-06 04:04 AM by Tom Bombadil
How much time have you spent in the USA?

I have visited the US several times and did live there as a child for one year, so have my parents experiences to draw upon.

Has your view of the military been affected by your own country's Imperial history?

To some degree, yes, it has. But I also believe that many Americans have a rose-tinted view of their military, that somehow the US soldiers are noble warriors and that it is only ever a 'few bad apples' that let the side down. There is an obsession with warfare, a certain pride in miltary service, that you don't see in Europe. This blinkered view of the miltary is particularly prevelant on right-wing websites but I've also seen such views expressed here at DU and elsewhere.

An examination of recent history - look back to Vietnam and My Lai, and today to Iraq and to Abu Graib, Haditha and the slaughter of Falujah. It is evident that the US miltary is just as ugly and as capable of evil acts as any other army in history.

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