Soldier Turned Protester

There have been suggestions made that I am anti-military or anti-soldier, even that I don’t support the troops, and while I have tried to address those claims, I find that it is difficult to do so.  I think this war is illegal and immoral.  I think people who signed up to fight it after 9/11 without doing their research aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer (my cousin included).  I know a lot of soldiers, and what I have noticed is that they believe in their country and their leaders, sometimes blindly, sometimes foolishly, but they believe.  That makes it remarkable when a soldier changes his or her mind and decides to protest against a war they fought in, they believed in, even when they returned back to American soil. Until they did their research.  Until they started paying attention to what this administration was really doing and saying.


4 Responses to “Soldier Turned Protester”

  1. October 13, 2007 at 7:14 am

    The point of public relations slogans like “Support our troops” is that they don’t mean anything… That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something:

  2. 2 unitedwelay1
    October 13, 2007 at 7:35 am

    One of the problems is that if you don’t do exactly wha people think “supporting the troops” means, you are ostracized, which is easy because there’s no set meaning. I think it means making sure the troops are home with their families as soon as possible. Others think it means never, ever questioning the administration on how the use the troops. I think it is our duty as Americans to make sure the troops are being used to help our country rather than destroy public opinion of us all over the world.

  3. October 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Get used to it. Bush’s policy is if you’re not with him, you’re against him. Kind of reminds me of a dictator.

  4. 4 unitedwelay1
    October 14, 2007 at 8:41 am

    Kind of? I think the dictatorship is pretty clear, but there’s nothing we can do to get the rest of the American people to see it.

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