Warning: if you are easily offended by criticism of anything people have over-romanticised, do not read this.
Army men are not heroes
Kissing his unborn child just before he goes off to kill children and their parents in a foreign country because, you know, being brown/non american/muslim/anything the USA deems a threat to their greedy existence is cause for them to believe they’re terrorists. How lovely <3<3<3
It annoys me that I see pictures of Army men all over tumblr and everyone just gushes and falls apart with pride at seeing them. People have created this illusions that by simply being in the army you are a brave, selfless individual who stands for all things good in the world. Bullshit.
Seriously, when will people get that having an army uniform does not automatically make you a hero? You are nothing but a pawn in a game of mass destruction and you have willingly chosen to be a part of it. You’re only special in the sense that you think you’re doing good by obeying orders without thinking about them. I’m sorry, but it’s true.
Stop making them out to be heroes simply for their decision to join the army. Stop acting as if their PTSD wasn’t self-inflicted, something they knew was a more than probable chance of happening before they went out into the field. Stop acting like they’re heroes, they’re drones.
Let’s take a 19yr old poor kid, maybe a Black person or a PoC, who isn’t cut out for college or perhaps they simply can’t afford it. This person is from a place where their options are the military, selling drugs or a job at McDonald’s plus another job in retail (and even combined, those jobs won’t pay enough to pay the rent or feed a family)
Now…the military provides that individual with a place to sleep, three meals a day, free access to education, a great resume filler, possibly a valued skill set, and a guaranteed low interest or interest-free home loan afterwards. And basically, all they have to do is pass a physical and a background check to join
Is such a person supposed to n-e-v-e-r consider enlisting…because ebil gubmint?
And what about the Sikhs, Muslims and people of Iraqi ancestry who are enlisted? Did they also join to just kill Muslims?
Sorry, but I while I don’t blindly think of all servicemen as necessarily being members of The Justice League, I can’t broad brush them all as evil imperialists either. That’s too simplistic. Too easy
For all I know they went in as a mechanic or a quartermaster or to get medical training or training as a nurse. Yes, we should all be aware of the fact that the military has been responsible for some truly truly horrific things…and yes, some people actually do join because they enjoy the idea of killing…but your view seems to lack quite a lot of nuance
For example: as a rule of thumb, I generally
hate strongly dislike thieves, but, if I were on a jury deciding the fate of an indigent person who got caught stealing a loaf of bread to feed themselves, I guarantee you, I wouldn’t vote to find them guilty
Look, there’s a reason the military has never been filled with the sons and daughters of the wealthiest 1 percent: it’s called options