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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Support the troops. Wait, that's me!

Rightwingsparkle does a great job of adding to the smackdown of Joel Stein, the LA Times writer who said he doesn't support the troops.

I totally support the right of people to say what they feel, and to disagree on any issue. What really gets to me, and to most others serving in the military, is the outright condescension that comes with opinions like that of Joel Stein. We are not stupid. We knew what we were doing when we signed up (well, most of us did. I sometimes wonder about the kid who wore two left boots for two days straight in basic training)... At any rate, the vast majority of us serving in the military know why we are fighting. We are not "brainwashed" or "tricked", and to imply that we are is to call us ignorant. I would much rather have someone tell me that I am wrong for serving than to have them tell me that they feel sorry for me because they think I was lied to. It seems to be a trend of the anti-war crowd to patronize those who serve as if they know something we do not.

As I said, I have no problems with those who disagree. Just treat me like an adult when you do it.

1 comment:

plane geek said...

This one is near and dear to me. My greatest regret is never having served my country. I support the troops, the mission, and the CIC. When I see protesters bad mouthing the military, the mission, and the CIC it makes my blood BOIL. I just don't have the patience to deal with those kinds of a-holes. To quote "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf". We all sleep underneath the veil of security that the the Constitution and the men who swear to up hold and defend the constitution provide us. War protesters and their ilk would do well to remember that. 'Nuff said and my hat is off to those that serve honorably in our military.