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Monday, July 10, 2006

Support Our Troops? (Revisited)

Back in January I blogged on the question, should we "Support Our Troops?" (http://livefreeormove.blogspot.com/2006/01/support-our-troops.html). My blog entry ended as follows:

Should we support our troops? Perhaps the correct answer is, "it all depends on what they are doing". Should we support our troops if they are waging a war of aggression? Doesn't the question answer itself?

On July 10, 2006, LewRockwell.com posted an article by Chas Chiodo, entitled, " I Don’t Support the Troops" (http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/chiodo1.html).

Here's an excerpt:

I believe that every one of the U.S. government’s military and "civil" agents in Iraq are engaged in "a war of unprovoked aggression," and therefore all bear some guilt for participating in an evil enterprise. I am not suggesting that the man who drives a supply truck is as guilty as the man who shoots a baby at point blank range, but all of our forces are guilty to some degree.

Doing wrong is doing wrong, be it in Gainesville or Iraq, and whether or not someone says killing in war is OK. Bush told the soldiers to go, and they chose to obey. When the Nazis at Nuremberg claimed they were "only following orders," they received no mercy, nor did they deserve any. Perhaps the enlisted men and women who merely tagged along are less culpable than Bush, but nobody involved in this huge criminal undertaking is entitled to a clean bill of moral health.

The longer U.S. forces stay in Iraq, the more brutalized and undisciplined they will become, and the more hated they will be. The vast majority of the global community sees the USA as the bad guys, and rightly so. We have no moral reason for being in Iraq and the world knows it.

The problem in Iraq and Afghanistan is not that the U.S. forces have a few bad apples. The barrel itself is rotten . . . .


Blogger Freudian Slip said...

you raise excellent points. And we need to be thinking about the future. Are we really accomplishing anything over there?

24/9/06 06:43  

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