Because today (Nov.11/15) is “Remembrance Day” here in Canada, I thought I’d repost this article. The following is a commentary in response to an “Information Clearing House” article titled “You Don’t Protect My Freedom” (my note).
Commentary By Zef Rose Posted Mon., Nov.10, 2014
Apart from the futility of preaching to the zombie choir, the only truly heroic action I can think of is one I have been working at since the invasion of Iraq: deterring young people from ever signing up in the first place.
Whenever I hear someone proudly saying to me that he or she is about to give their valued and fragile life for the empire, I always do what I can to change their mind.
I remind them of the rapes, the insanity and suicides, the lies they are being told to get them to enlist, and the lack of support afterwards for the damages that have been done to them by their so-called “service”.
I also use the opportunity to speak up whenever a cashier asks if I would like to donate a dollar to some veteran’s charity — as if they should need charity, considering all the trillions of dollars spent on the military already.
And I never fail to speak up when someone asks me to “thank a soldier” — “For what?” I ask. “For being so greedy that they would sacrifice the lives of people they never met for a less than adequate pay check and healthcare, along with a fake promise of college tuition or technical training?”
I am so sick of hearing that same old line “But if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be free…” Oh come on!
I go on to state, emphatically, that no soldier of the US empire will EVER receive my thanks or even my respect.
I have no sympathy whatsoever for any wounded soldier, nor anyone who complains of the damage that was done to him or her while in “service.”
There is nothing more stupid and irresponsible than to enlist in an endeavour which you have not taken the time to thoroughly investigate beforehand. And by “investigate” I do not mean limiting your information to what you hear on the TV.
To me, the real heroes, are those who, instead of enlisting to kill others in a foreign country, stay home and take care of their families, and help their own country by taking jobs that maintain our communities here at home.
VIA >the comment section re “You don’t protect my freedom”