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I'm fucking sick of seeing "Support Our Troops" everywhere. "I know you're against the war but right now you need to be supporting our troops... so quit speaking out against the war."

What??

Ok... first of all, even if the troops were aware of the fact that I'm against this war, they certainly wouldn't be dumb enough to take that as me being against them, would they? I mean, one of the reasons I don't want the war is because I don't want anyone, including them, to be killed over this shit.

Second, what the fuck does it mean, anyway, "Support Our Troops"? You think that by waving some fucking sign at the freeway overpass you're contributing in some way? Just walking around saying "Support Our Troops" doesn't really do anything for them. If you really wanted to support them, you'd go out there and do their laundry, or make them lunch, or pick up a gun and kill you some Iraqis.

Or maybe the best way anyone can support our troops is to take them out of this war and quit risking their lives unnecessarily.

Anyway, here's a task for you all. It's not easy to do, could result in an ass kicking or two, but is guaranteed fun. I promise to do this too. From now on, when you see someone with a "Support Our Troops" sign, go up to them and ask them "How?" Conversations should go something like this:

Me: "How?"
SOT: "How what?"
Me: "How shall I support our troops?"
SOT: "Huh?"
Me: "You want me to support our troops, but I don't know how to go about doing that."
SOT: "Ummm.. send them some cookies!"
Me: "Oh... so like when they're in the hospital, they can have fond memories of their last solid food?"
SOT: "Go away. I have guns."

Sweet.

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tully_monster
Mar. 27th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't even get me started.

1. The troops probably aren't even all that aware of what's going on over here. The military media will make damn sure that they don't hear anything that might cause them to question what they're doing.

2. I just finished reading Anthony Swofford's memoir, Jarhead, last week. It convinced me that in the unlikely event that the troops do know about continued widespread opposition, we're not doing anyone any favors by helping to create the illusion that this is a "moral war." Many Vietnam veterans who went over believing in what they were doing have spent the rest of their lives trying to make amends.

3. The right likes to bring up the spectre of hippie potheads spitting at Vietnam veterans and calling them babykillers, but it wasn't the hippies that caused the most damage to Vietnam vets, it was the "respectable" conservative types who thought returning soldiers should be squeaky clean pillars of society, not the scruffy, alienated, traumatized creatures who had trouble adjusting to civilian life and were often unaccountably angry at the government.

4. The administration is fucking over our veterans even as I write this, cutting $25 billion from veterans' benefits.

Looks like I got started anyways.
vespaden
Mar. 27th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
The "support our troops" crap is just more of the same bullying tactics used by the right to silence the opposition. The whole idea is echoed in the "uniting around the president" garbage that they are also espousing. Somehow they hope that by sidestepping the ACTUAL argument that people against the war make, that people will forget that they have an argument. You know, it changes the discussion from "why are we killing people in Iraq?" to "why do you hate our soldiers?" The first question often gets lost in the shuffle. The has worked pretty well in the whole Israeli/Palestinian debate. Anyone who questions the policies of the current Israeli government is automatically tarred with the "anti-semitic" label. It's pretty funny when they use this against someone who's Jewish...
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2003 10:02 am (UTC)
Judging from the emails I'm getting from my 'troop', it's right on the nose that they aren't aware of the sick fanaticism, (ya know from the Archie Bunker School of Patriotism, "America-Love It or Leave It") that's going on over here.

Had to go all Mrs. Norris T Wagner on one lady today who tried to pin a yellow ribbon on me today, 1) Don't fucking try touching me 2) Tie A Yellow Ribbon brings back painful flashbacks of Tony Orlando and Dawn...that's just cruel.

What a crock of shite.

Given the intelligence of American society these days, how are we to expect them to reason this all out any differently? That the best support is not to involve them in an illegal/immoral war?
(as most of the food court at Paradise Valley Mall heard me tell a right wing old fart on Monday). I try not to get loud...they force me.

But that's just me...

D

rockstarbob
Mar. 30th, 2003 11:23 pm (UTC)
I heard a great quote from Robin Cook. He said something like, "the only way to support our troops is to not send them to war."

I like that.
1971gto
Mar. 31st, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
I never prayed before
but now I pray daily to be delivered from the STUPID. Don't know who I'm praying to tho. Never had religion of my own.. Dad was a Christian, Mom's a jew, I related best to stepdad #2 and he's Taoist. Which way to go. RotD: Muslim.

"Oh mighty Allah, please deliver me from the STUPID"

Heard a statistic last night on the news. 65% of American fatalities in this war thus far have been from friendly fire. If that's not fucked up, I don't know what is. Bring 'em home to save them from themselves. War sucks. This war exponentially so.

[Off topic, but noteworthy: Ayatollah al-Hakim.]
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