Monosyllabic Pedantry

Thursday, March 13, 2008

How proud you must be

We are judged by the company we keep.

From the Berkely Daily Planet

Commentary: Why I Don’t Support the Troops
By Kenneth Thiesen 2008-03-11

Many who oppose the Bush regime wars also say they “support the troops.” Let me say it straight out—I do not support the troops and neither should you. It is objectively impossible to support the troops of the imperialist military forces of the U.S. and at the same time oppose the wars in which they fight.

We need to support resisters within the military who have realized what they are doing and now choose to resist the role of the U.S. military.

We need to expose that those in the U.S. military are trained to be part of a “killing machine.” While not every member of the military is an individual murderer, they are all part of a system that commits war crimes, including aggressive wars, massacres, rape, and other crimes against humanity, all in the service of U.S. imperialism.

United States troops are acting as destructive and murderous forces of invasion and occupation.

Why is this any different from a German in World War II saying, “I oppose the wars launched by Hitler, but I support the troops of the German army which are making these wars possible.”

...those in the military today must take responsibility for what the military does. Just like the German soldiers of World War 2 could not hide behind the “I was just following orders” excuse, military personnel today also can not hide behind it.

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